Category: Student Spotlight

Boarder Trip Bonding

Originally published on The Magnet by Megan Jacques

MacDuffie day students were treated with an invitation to Big E and Six Flags boarding trips this year after Assistant Dean of Boarding Lucy Tew shared a form for students to sign up.

In prior years, due to concerns around how the students would pay for the trips, day students were excluded from boarding trips. Since boarding students pay a different activity fee compared to the day students, the big issue with enacting this plan was ensuring that the day students would not break the bank to join their boarder friends, while still having these students pay for the activities they are attending.

The decision to allow day students to join the boarding trips is “something that [the boarding department] had been talking about for a while,” said Tew.

“We opened things up to day students, and we let them choose. It’s like an a la carte menu, you get to pick. We have space on a trip, we let you sign up, and then we give you the information on what you pay, if you pay, and who you give it to,” said Tew.

Dean of Boarding Dina Lyman added that, “Some of it has to do with vehicles. Such as, do we use a five star bus or do we use our own? That is why the sign up is so important. Because that is what tells us what vehicle to use. If we have a lot of students sign up, we have to order a larger bus.”

The new invite is not strictly limited to boarding trips that go off campus. Over the weekend of October 26th, day students were invited to attend the haunted house run by the boarding department on Saturday Evening.

“We haven’t been able to open it up before, which we are really excited about,” Tew said.

The trips that day students are invited to are not strictly local trips that only last only a few hours. Day students are invited to all trips, such as those to New York City. However, day students were not invited to the Salem trip due to overwhelming numbers from the boarding population.

The boarding students this year have shown high interest in the boarding trips, which is unusual for the boarding department to see.

“And it’s awkward because now we have 50 boarders interested in a trip, where that might not have been the case a few years ago, but now we don’t have room to offer for a day student,” said Tew.

There will be more opportunities for day students to join these trips as the year goes on, but as of now the trips have been in high demand by boarders, so having room for day students is slim.

So what should you expect while on a boarding trip?

Regardless of where the trip is going, students are required to stay in a specific area. If the trip is to a bowling alley, the students are expected to stay in the bowling alley, and not wander off.

If the trip is to a larger location like Six Flags, or even a city, the same expectation applies. Although there is more room to roam, you are required to stay inside the location you are in and not leave the area for any reason.

Ms. Tew says that “the big important rule for any free time we give in a city or exploring is don’t be by yourself.” In places like Six Flags, it is less crucial as you cannot go very far without running into someone from the trip. In larger cities, it is important to stay with students who have a cell phone and can contact the duty phone if necessary.

What the boarding department expects from any student on these trips is that everyone will be respectful and continue to uphold the values that the school expects from everyone.

“What I’m really looking forward to is having the day students come in and have the experience of going out be this special thing for the borders because ‘oh, it’s not the same group of people. Now my day friends are here’,” said Tew.

“Boarding interactions is one of my favorite things and I really like seeing that happen on these trips. So I am really looking forward to that kind of community building between the boarding and our day communities, because it’s nice to have more people on campus over the weekend.”

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!

 

Spring Sports Awards 2018

Congratulations to all of our Spring student-athletes for a wonderful season of Badminton, Golf, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track & Field, and Ultimate Frisbee. Our Sports Awards night honored both those who received league recognition and those who received MacDuffie honors.

2018 SENE Tennis All-League
Kacey Deecher ’20
Alvaro Garcia ’18

2018 SENE Tennis Honorable Mention
Eric Xiong ’19

2018 SENE Lacrosse All-League
Ryleigh Cauley ’19
Kiara Rogers ’22

2018 SENE Lacrosse Honorable Mention
Jordyn Shepard ’20

2018 SENE Golf Championship
Oliver Mercier ’19   – 8th Place

TEAM AWARDS
Most Valuable Player
Fred Poon ’20 – Badminton
Matt Niemczura ’18 – Golf
Ashley Stebbins ’18 – Lacrosse
Alvaro Garcia ’18 – Tennis
Ethan Deecher ’18  – Ultimate Frisbee

Most Improved Player
Anastasiia Buiadzhy ’18 – Badminton
Caitlyn Zaranek ’18 – Lacrosse
Kirill Lazarev ’19 – Tennis
Jola Oke ’18 – Ultimate Frisbee

Coach’s Award
Gretl Qiu ’18 – Badminton
Piper Polga ’22 – Lacrosse
Beyza Tumturk ’20 – Tennis
Vincent Pedersen ’18 – Ultimate Frisbee

Players’ Choice Award
Raymond Xia ’21 – Badminton
Oliver Mercier ’19 – Golf
Kiara Rogers ’22 – Lacrosse
Nicolas Wang ’20 – Tennis
Mimi Jung ’18 – Ultimate Frisbee

Thanks to Mrs. Cauley for the photos!

Students Participate in UMass ASPIRE

For the second consecutive year, several of our students were selected to participate in a STEM program at the University of Massachusetts MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center). May Minh Quynh Le ’19, Ziqi He ‘19, and Jonah Abrams ’19 were chosen to take part.

ASPIRE (A Student-led Program in Research and Education) is a research opportunity in which UMass graduate students, with faculty supervision, mentor high school students in a laboratory setting. As part of the 5-week Saturday morning program, students performed hands-on polymer laboratory experiments in synthesis, molecular modeling, 3D printing, and mechanical testing. Students also completed an independent project.

Chemistry teacher Mrs. Styspeck coordinated the application process. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the students to participate in inquiry based labs in a well-equipped, state-of-the-art facility. I believe the program is a tremendous opportunity to build their science skills and provides visibility of what graduate research looks like,” she said. “As a result, graduate research then becomes an attainable goal. By the end of the program, I saw an increase in their confidence, their lab technical skills, and an interest in the pursuit of studying science in college.”

Congratulations to our “aspiring” scientists on this much-deserved honor!