Category: Student Life

Take a Load Off! Backpack Safety at MacDuffie

Take a load off!

The MacDuffie School learned the importance of backpack safety in The Little Theater yesterday during a demonstration headed by athletic trainer Kevin Konstant.

When used correctly, a backpack is a practical way to organize school supplies and leave hands free as students travel between classes. With a variety of styles and colors to choose from, backpacks are also a fashionable way to display one’s sense of style or showcase school pride!

However, many students overfill their backpacks or wear them incorrectly, which can lead to problems like back pain down the road. Konstant stressed the need for students to lighten their load and to wear their backpacks properly to lessen the risk of back pain or injury.

A properly worn backpack exceeds no more than 10 percent of a students’ bodyweight. A good backpack for daily use has wide, padded shoulder straps and individualized compartments to help position content efficiently. Heavier items like books should be placed closest to the students’ back while lighter, smaller items may be stowed in outside compartments.

In addition to total weight and distribution, students should be mindful of they wear their bags. Always utilize both shoulder straps and employ additional chest straps, if available.  Never wear a backpack more than four inches below the waistline, which affects proper carrying posture.

At The MacDuffie School, we encourage our students to be mindful of how much they carry throughout the day and visit their lockers frequently to store unnecessary textbooks.  

Honor Roll – Second Semester 2017-18

Congratulations to The MacDuffie School students who made Honor Roll for the second semester of the 2017-2018 school year. The entire MacDuffie faculty, fellow students and your parents and guardians are proud of your sustained academic effort and we believe it is worthy of recognition! This list is sorted by grade and then alphabetically.

First Name Last Name Grade  Recognition
Matthew Brown 6 High Honors
Moroni Hua 6 Maximum Honors
Koda Jacque 6 High Honors
Emily Parnicky 6 Honors
Adam Stetson 6 Maximum Honors
Sara Avery 7 Maximum Honors
Sophie Griffin 7 High Honors
Julianna Mason 7 Maximum Honors
Zachary Mavlouganes 7 Honors
Artem Nazarov 7 Maximum Honors
William Platt 7 Maximum Honors
Ryan Priestly 7 High Honors
Gabriel Shumway 7 Maximum Honors
Nathan Stevenson 7 High Honors
Alexis Stratton 7 High Honors
Reece Tramazzo 7 High Honors
Michael Aboukasm 8 High Honors
Liam Brown 8 High Honors
Malcolm Brown 8 Maximum Honors
Hannah Donnelly 8 Maximum Honors
Samantha Jacques 8 Maximum Honors
Zi Jian Jiang 8 Maximum Honors
Seiri Lee 8 Honors
Akana Nakamura 8 High Honors
Emmi Nunes 8 High Honors
Piper Polga 8 High Honors
Kiara Rogers 8 High Honors
Brian Squire 8 Honors
Sophie Stetson 8 Honors
Mohammed Abbasi 9 Maximum Honors
Dima Aboukasm 9 Maximum Honors
Mikhail Belanovich 9 Honors
Junqi Cui 9 Honors
Vy Dinh 9 High Honors
Lily Griffin 9 Maximum Honors
Madilyn Hernandez 9 Honors
Qi Hu 9 Maximum Honors
Marie Hua 9 Maximum Honors
Jun Hyun Kim 9 Honors
Jinqi Liu 9 Honors
Jiahao Lu 9 Honors
Katarzyna Ludkiewicz 9 Maximum Honors
Jaidan Luis 9 High Honors
Evan Manioudakis 9 High Honors
Nam Nguyen 9 Honors
Jillian Ouimet 9 High Honors
Leslie Pena 9 Maximum Honors
Zachary Roulier 9 High Honors
Chenling Tang 9 High Honors
Maxim Tishchenko 9 Maximum Honors
Laurel Tramazzo 9 High Honors
Zhirui Xia 9 Honors
Sudenaz Yilmaz 9 Maximum Honors
Junmin Zhu 9 Maximum Honors
Wenxin Zou 9 Maximum Honors
Sofiia Akhmechet 10 High Honors
An Cao 10 Maximum Honors
Duc Dao 10 Maximum Honors
Chloe DeAngelis 10 High Honors
Dung Doan 10 Honors
Grace Drost 10 High Honors
Hongde Han 10 Honors
Jayden Holder 10 High Honors
Haoran Hu 10 Effort
Ian Hua 10 Maximum Honors
Alison Jackson 10 Maximum Honors
Megan Jacques 10 High Honors
Franck Kepnang Ndjong 10 High Honors
Arina Kharakhashyan 10 High Honors
Madeleine LaChance 10 Maximum Honors
Maya Levine 10 Maximum Honors
Peiyuan Lin 10 High Honors
Pengcheng Lu 10 Honors
Huiqin Mao 10 High Honors
Dale Messer 10 High Honors
Nhung Nguyen 10 Maximum Honors
Trung Nguyen 10 Maximum Honors
Kwan Poon 10 Honors
Savannah Richard 10 High Honors
Jordyn Shepard 10 Honors
Hannah Sudsbury 10 High Honors
Daniela Tishchenko 10 Maximum Honors
Ayse Beyza Tumturk 10 Maximum Honors
Mehmet Tuncer 10 Honors
Si Jun Wang 10 Maximum Honors
Yinan Xiao 10 Effort
Jonah Abrams 11 Honors
Turec Akalin 11 High Honors
Charles Avery 11 Honors
Aurora Basnet 11 Maximum Honors
John Lucas Bellingall 11 High Honors
Georgianna Brown 11 Maximum Honors
Ryleigh Cauley 11 High Honors
Asmaa Chaudhry 11 Maximum Honors
Yanru Chen 11 Maximum Honors
Julia Cloutier 11 Honors
Mikhail Galaktionov 11 Maximum Honors
Mustafa Gureltol 11 High Honors
Yunxia Hallowell 11 Maximum Honors
Ziqi He 11 Honors
Eugene Hong 11 Honors
Hazim Jaber 11 High Honors
Craig Judicki 11 Honors
Gabriella Keser 11 Maximum Honors
Chloe LaDuke 11 High Honors
Kirill Lazarev 11 Maximum Honors
May Le 11 Maximum Honors
Quynh Huong Le 11 Maximum Honors
Alexis Legowski 11 Maximum Honors
Manning Li 11 High Honors
Jiachen Lu 11 Honors
Yu Lu 11 High Honors
Anna Ludkiewicz 11 Maximum Honors
Ava Marion 11 Honors
Haley Moriarty 11 Maximum Honors
Gia Nguyen 11 High Honors
Hoang Nguyen 11 Maximum Honors
Nicolette Peterson 11 Maximum Honors
Chenxi Pu 11 High Honors
Olivia Ramirez 11 Maximum Honors
Jacob Roulier 11 Honors
Sarah Scott 11 Maximum Honors
Emir Sengun 11 Honors
Arhum Shaikh 11 Maximum Honors
Sophia Sharp 11 Maximum Honors
Mengqi Sun 11 Maximum Honors
Pelin Top 11 Honors
Zhenhao Wang 11 High Honors
Zixun Wang 11 High Honors
Talia Wiesel 11 Maximum Honors
Mengxi Wu 11 Honors
Hanbei Xiong 11 High Honors
Shiyu Zhao 11 Honors
Owen Albanese 12 Maximum Honors
Isabel Alvarez 12 Maximum Honors
Aniis Anderson 12 Maximum Honors
Narcizo Andrade 12 Honors
Emilee Auclair 12 Maximum Honors
Emre Ban 12 Maximum Honors
Mason Baral 12 Honors
Alexander Burch 12 Honors
Long Chau 12 Maximum Honors
Nguyen Co 12 Honors
Ethan Deecher 12 Maximum Honors
Kayla Deecher 12 Maximum Honors
Nathan Enders 12 Maximum Honors
Zeynep Erol 12 Maximum Honors
Chufeng Fang 12 High Honors
Alvaro Garcio 12 High Honors
Isabelle Gerboni Amaral Lopes 12 Honors
Yicheng Hao 12 Maximum Honors
Seungyeon Hong 12 Maximum Honors
Tae Seol Hong 12 Honors
Sin Hee Hwang 12 Maximum Honors
Maren Jung 12 Maximum Honors
Neville Lee 12 High Honors
Chenxi Li 12 Maximum Honors
Hanyang Li 12 Honors
Xiner Liu 12 Maximum Honors
Ziyu Liu 12 Honors
Yuanjin Lyu 12 Maximum Honors
Khaylen Mahdi 12 Maximum Honors
Varona Maysonet-Ayala 12 Maximum Honors
Son Bao An Nguyen 12 Maximum Honors
Matthew Niemczura 12 Maximum Honors
Hyunggwon Oh 12 High Honors
Mojolaoluwa Oke 12 Maximum Honors
Reagan Os 12 High Honors
Vincent Pedersen 12 High Honors
Khanh Pham 12 Maximum Honors
Taylor Pluta 12 Honors
Tianxiang Qiu 12 High Honors
Jinglin Qu 12 Maximum Honors
Phuong Quach 12 Maximum Honors
Jaeyong Shim 12 High Honors
Jordan Skibel 12 High Honors
Sarah Soares 12 Maximum Honors
Jocelyn St Onge 12 Maximum Honors
Ashley Stebbins 12 Maximum Honors
Samuel Szczur 12 Maximum Honors
Dogukan Tumturk 12 Maximum Honors
Nam Vo 12 Maximum Honors
Shilin Wang 12 Honors
Ziyang Wang 12 Maximum Honors
Yiran Wei 12 Maximum Honors
Tianyue Xiao 12 High Honors
Zixiao Xu 12 High Honors
Beyza Yilmaz 12 Maximum Honors
Siyu Yin 12 Honors
Caitlyn Zaranek 12 Honors
Suchen Zhu 12 Maximum Honors

 

Commencement 2018

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)

Red Carpet Awards

We love this tradition! Our glamorous annual Red Carpet Awards honored students for achievements in Theater, Music, Dance, and Visual Arts. Thanks to Ms. B3, Ms. Tew, Ms. Meirovich, Mr. Kaminski, Ms. Muzzy, and Ms. Hastings for coordinating the event!

This year’s recipients were as follows:

THEATER

Outstanding Middle School Newcomer in Theater – Koda Jacqu
Outstanding Middle School Supporting Performer – Gabriel (Gabe) Shumway
Outstanding Middle School Performer – Vivian O’Connor
The Golden Flashlight –  Abigail Mayock
Outstanding Newcomer in Theater Sofia  Akhmechet
Outstanding Supporting Performer -Jessica  Pham
Outstanding Breakout Performer -Nam Vo
Outstanding Upper School  Performer – Nhung  (Rose) Nguyen
Edwin F. Lyman Technical Award – Megan Jacques
Special Achievement in Theater Award – Sudenaz Yilmaz
Senior Achievement Award – Kevin Hong

 

DANCE

National Honor Society for Dance Arts – the following inductees will graduate with honors:

Kayla Deecher
Zeynep Erol
Taylor Pluta
Jordan Skibel
Jocelyn St. Onge
 

Choreographic Excellence Award – Olivia Ramirez-Weissbach
Performance Award – Sophie Sharp, Savannah Richard, Khay Mahdi
Emerging Dancer Award – Emily Parnicky
Dancer Award-Silver Slipper – Zeynep Erol
Dance Scholar Award – Aurora Basnet, Rachel Liu
Dance Service Award – Zeynep Erol
Senior Dance Award – Kayla Deecher, Zeynep Erol, Rachel Liu, Khaylen Mahdi, Taylor Pluta, Gretel Qiu, Yusuf Rumbindi, Jordan Skibel, Jocelyn St. Onge

 

MUSIC 

Outstanding Vocalist, Middle School – Seiri Lee
Most Improved Vocalist, Middle School – Reece Tramazzo
Outstanding Instrumentalist, Middle School – Liam Brown
Most Improved Instrumentalist, Middle School – Grace Marquez, John Mayock
Outstanding Vocalist, Upper School – Gretl Qiu
Most Improved Vocalist Award, Upper School – Sherry He
Outstanding Stage Performance – Alex Hao
Most Improved Stage Performance – James Hu, Ariel Pu
Outstanding Instrumentalist, Upper School – Hans Li
Most Improved Instrumentalist, Upper School – Andrew Cao
Musical Versatility Award – Marie Hua, Celine Wang
Music Scholar Award – Owen Albanese
Senior Music Award – Gene Qu, Billy Xu, Alex Hao, Nam Vo, Jackie Wei, Zandra Yin, Molly Liu, Celine Wang, Gretl Qiu, Stella Quach, Alex Wang, Hans Li, Long Chau, Reagan Os
 

VISUAL ARTS

Excellence in Technique – Yusuf Rumbindi, Ethan Deecher, Adam Stetson
Excellence in Creativity – Marie Hua, Mustafa Berke Gureltol, Koda Jacque
Excellence in Creativity & Technique – Katarzyna Ludkiewicz, Daniela Tishchenko, Sophie Griffin
The Golden Easel – John Lucas Bellingall, Georgie Brown
Most Promising Newcomer – Judy Zhu, Sofiia Akhmechet, Yihong (Eva) Lin, Nathan Stevenson

Eighth Grade Rite of Passage

Each year we celebrate our eighth graders as they leave Middle School and enter Upper School. The Eighth Grade Rite of Passage, which took place on Magnolia Day (the last day of school), involves projects, presentations, and an awards ceremony. This year the following members of the Class of 2022 received awards:

MIDDLE SCHOOL AWARDS – 8th Grade Rite of Passage

ENGLISH:
Hannah Donnelly

FRENCH:
Malcolm Brown

LATIN 1:
Hannah Donnelly

MATHEMATICS:
Zi Jian (Matt) Jiang

HISTORY:
Samantha Jacques

SCIENCE:
Malcolm Brown

PERFORMING ARTS:
Sophie Stetson

VISUAL ARTS:
Akana Nakamura

PHYSICAL EDUCATION and ATHLETICS:
Liam Brown
Piper Polga
ELL:
Zi Jian (Matt) Jiang

Congratulations to award recipients and to all Class of 2022 students, and thank you to Head of Middle School Mrs. Albanese for coordinating the event!