The MacDuffie eSports teams finished their regular season last night, with Alpha reclaiming its first-place standing while the Delta team moved to fourth place. Finals will begin in the new year, a best of three format among the top 32 teams in Massachusetts between Jan 8 through 31. The final and championship games will be streamed and available for viewing on Twitch. MacDuffie is expected to be among the top finishers.
The MacDuffie School library was brimming with pride Friday evening as a crowd of parents, coaches and students gathered to witness The MacDuffie’s Student-Athlete National Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony.
Following brief words by Head of School Steve Griffin and Director of Athletics Meirion George during which they outlined the four student-athletes outstanding physical achievements, as well as expressed thanks to parents, coaches, teammates, and the MacDuffie community for their tireless support, coaches had an opportunity to speak and the signing began.
Ania Ludkiewicz, a senior from Granby, Mass, signed her letter of intent to Sacred Heart University, surrounded by family, teammates, and Coach Meirion George. She will join their soccer program as a freshman next fall.
James Bouknight, a senior from Brooklyn, N.Y. signed his National Letter of Intent to the University of Connecticut where he will join the basketball program this fall. He was one of two MacDuffie basketball players to sign their letter of intent that evening, the other, Ismael Massoud, a senior from New York, N.Y. will join Wake Forest University’s basketball team this fall. They were joined by teammates and Coach Del Rosario in celebration.
Michael Cruz, a senior from Chicopee, Mass. signed a letter of intent to AIC where he will enter their baseball program as a freshman next fall. He signed his letter surrounded by family, a crowd of teammates and Coach Neil Domer-Shank.
Sixteen MacDuffie computer science students participated in the international Bebras Computing Challenge during November 2018. Trung Nguyen scored first place. Dung (Ryan) Doan took second, and Zixun (Bell) Wang captured third while Ningxuan (Cassidy) Lu and Gia (Cindy) Nguyen rounded out the top five scorers.
The Bebras Computing Challenge is organized in 30 countries around the world and introduces computational thinking to students. Each participant gets 45 minutes to answer 15 multiple-choice questions that focus on computational and logical thinking. Congratulations to our top scorers!
A stunning goal from 20 yards by Senior Ania Ludkiewicz midway through the first half was enough to win the 2018 New England Class C Girls Soccer Championship for the Mustangs. After an exhausting 48 hours of travel together with a tough OT win yesterday, the girls did us all proud by producing a gutsy performance against a talented #1 seed Brewster Academy. This was a special moment for our seniors in particular, but for the 8 girls who clinched their 4th Championship in their 5 years at MacDuffie, this was something truly remarkable.
The MacDuffie School held an official ribbon cutting ceremony this morning to celebrate the completion of a new synthetic turf field. Head of School Steve Griffin expressed thanks to the hard-working team of individuals who helped the project come to a realization.
A special thanks to Mountain View Construction, Milone and MacBroom Architects, Construction Solutions Group, Andrew Parker and Meirion George for driving the project internally.
With slit film and monofilament, the turf’s dual fibers are meant to mimic the feel of a real grass playing field. It will be enjoyed by boys’ and girls’ soccer as well as girls’ lacrosse for both home games and practices.
Griffin said to the student-athletes, “This field is for you.” It will be enjoyed by all of The MacDuffie School sports teams, the students and their families for years to come.
He then cut the ribbon with members of the administration and the student body present to signal the official opening of the field.
The next MacDuffie home meet is a boys’ varsity soccer game slated for Oct. 9.