American Literature students Matt from Palmer, John from South Hadley, and Hector from Denmark share their storybook at the Belchertown Public Library. Entitled, “Henry Saves the Day and So
Do You,” it was inspired by their reading of H. D. Thoreau Walden.
Juniors Beyza Tumturk and Phoebe Shelburne share their children’s book at the Belchertown Library’s Storytime. Inspired by their reading of Frederick Douglass, their book illustrated the value of literacy for the oppressed, especially girls.
Juniors Nicolas Wang and Fred Poom from China share their children’s book at Belchertown Library’s Storytime. Inspired by their study of Thoreau, it recounts the benefits of recycling through its hero, Bob, the aluminum can.
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.
Senior Ala Legowski took part in the High School All-American soccer game last weekend in Orlando, Fla. This Mustang is making MacDuffie proud!
Farewell, Class of 2018!
This year’s 2018 Commencement exercises took place on Saturday, June 9, at Abbey Chapel on the Mount Holyoke College campus. Seventy-seven domestic and international students comprised the class of 2018.
“In a year when moments of silence, flags at half mast, and thoughts and prayers are more the norm than the anomaly, our students taught us about being moral and responsible participants in the world,” said Head of School Steve Griffin in his opening remarks. “The Pride march, walkouts to protest gun violence, and the peace parade were strong examples that show that our students have a voice and are not afraid to use it. One of the great measures of becoming effective individuals is the ability to have an impact on those around us—to expand our circle of influence.”
Kevin Hillman, French teacher and Chair of World Languages, was chosen by students to be this year’s Commencement speaker. “As most of you know, I find great solace in everything green and growing. I’m going to ask you to please, each and every one of you, go out and plant your own life’s garden,” he said, near the end of his speech. “Take pride and joy in the work that you do. Confront the weeds that get in the way of things—but leave a few around to give life some perspective. Who knows, you might just find a beautiful flower in the end. Above all, be sure to share your harvests with others. My friends, if you do all that, then I will be so, so proud to have the time to live in that beautiful world.”
Best of luck in all that you do, graduates!
(Photos courtesy of Grynn & Barrett)