By Cameron Stokes ’19
By Cameron Stokes ’19
|Jenny Li||Poetry||Gold Key|
|Jenny Li||Poetry||Honorable Mention|
|Jenny Li||Poetry||Gold Key|
|Jenny Li||Short Essay||Gold Key|
|Jenny Li||Critical Essay||Gold Key|
|Jenny Li||Critical Essay||Honorable Mention|
|Jenny Li||Short Story||Honorable Mention|
|Jenny Li||Flash Fiction||Honorable Mention|
|Nicholas Belgrad||Poetry||Honorable Mention|
|Hui Nan Eunice Kiang||Poetry||Honorable Mention|
|Claudia Moysset||Short Story||Honorable Mention|
|Claudia Moysset||Poetry||Honorable Mention|
|Alison Oh||Fictional Worlds||Silver Key|
|Alison Oh||Personal Essay/ Memoir||Honorable Mention|
|Derek Weinstock||Poetry||Honorable Mention|
|Rimas Barzdukas||Painting||Silver Key|
|Kaelyn Bowers||Painting||Silver Key|
|Anja Clark||Photography||Honorable Mention (2)|
|Anja Clark||Photography||Gold Key|
|Whitney Elson||Painting||Silver Key|
|Mila Fejzo||Painting||Silver Key|
|Esther Grover||Painting||Gold Key|
|Esther Grover||Painting||Silver Key|
|Esther Grover||Painting||Silver Key|
|Harper Hollander||Painting||Honorable Mention|
|Samantha Ko||Painting||Silver Key|
|Jay Lassiter||Photography||Silver Key|
|Gaia Murphey||Painting||Honorable Mention|
|Gaia Murphey||Painting||Silver Key|
|Kaitlin Musante||Photography||Gold Key|
|Lauren Nehorai||Painting||Gold Key|
|Thijmen Oerlemans||Photography||Gold Key|
|Tara Reddy||Painting||Gold Key|
|Jack Safir||Photography||Silver Key|
|Victoria Steckel||Photography||Silver Key (2)|
|Cameron Stokes||Mixed Media||Silver Key|
|Caroline Sturgeon||Photography||Gold Key|
|Harry Theony||Photography||Silver Key|
|Caroline Tilton||Painting||Gold Key|
|Angie Vasquez||Painting||Silver Key|
|Angie Vasquez||Mixed Media||Honorable Mention|
|Kiley Wallace||Painting||Gold Key|
|John Weiss||Painting||Gold Key|
|Annabel Zimmer||Photography||Gold Key|
by Alisha Sahi ’19
Yesenia Baez is the newest addition to the bookstore staff. She joined in the beginning of January, but prior to her job here, she worked at a retail store, a Sprint network store, and baby sat multiple families. At the Sprint Store, she interacted with customers and guided them in their purchases.
Besides working, in her free time, Yesenia likes to draw different pictures as well as to write as she is fascinated with journalism. In addition, Baez likes to dress up with her friends and do their make-up.
Yesenia is very excited to work an environment
“I am very happy to join this school. I think I joined because of the energy this school has to offer. Everyone is very friendly and say hi to each other in the hallways, along with being very well mannered. I think that all the students and even the staff bring a positive vibe.” Baez said.
by Sophie Heller ’19 and Sophie Kim ’19
Black Leadership and Cultural Club (BLACC) members presented monumental figures in black history to the student body during February assemblies in honor of Black History Month. On Feb. 1, “BLACC PRESENTS” was opened by introducing freedom fighters Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln and describing origins of the holiday.
The second week covered student activism. In the third week, the club explained the Black Lives Matter movement and its importance. This upcoming Monday, there will be one last assembly investigating black resistance in response to racism today.
“You’ll hear about all of these young people who saw injustice and segregation and really started to be active and fight for change,” BLACC sponsor and seventh grade dean Jon Carroll said.
Members of the BLACC club hope the audience will recognize contributions of black figures that impact the entire society and not just the black community.
“We’re trying to figure out ways to raise more awareness about black problems right now in society,” BLACC member Vanessa Payne ’19 said.
Students seemed to appreciate the presentation.
“I gained some knowledge about Black History Month, its origins and why it’s so important to America and our culture,” Kerry Neil ’19 said.
by Saba Nia ’19
Middle school students and faculty celebrated Ash Wednesday on Feb. 10 in the Beyer Board Room. According to school chaplain Father J. Young, who led the service, the turnout was slightly higher than average.
Participants enjoyed the event because it allowed them to keep in touch with their faith while on campus.
“I’m Catholic, and I believe that I should be close to God and go to whatever means necessary because I need to show that I love Him,” service attendee Victoria Steckel ’19.
Young particularly looks forward to the service each year because, according to him, it’s one of the few times where he has official duties at the Middle School. He enjoys meeting the middle school students in addition to the service itself.
“I happen to be a person that really likes Lent. I love the seasons in the church that cause us to be reflective and turn inward. So, for that reason, I really like this season and this day being the day that kicks it off,” Young said.
by Sophie Kim ’19
An all-gender restroom will be installed on the second floor of Wang Hall in the coming months. The Gender and Sexuality Awareness Club (GSA) headed the proposal for the bathroom, which will be open to people of all gender identities.
According a national survey by GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) in 2012, 75% of transgender youth felt their academic performance was negatively impacted by a school that did not take steps to be inclusive of transgender people. GSA wanted to expand the inclusivity of the school by having a bathroom that acknowledges people who identify outside the binary genders of male and female, such as transgender and gender-nonconforming people.
“I’m really glad that we have bathrooms, not just for us, but for future generations of transgender kids. If I came here and there were already [all-gender] bathrooms, I would have felt a lot more comfortable,” Shana Brindze ’19 said.
The single-stalled bathroom is also accessible to handicapped individuals or others who require caregivers of a different gender. The bathroom aligns with the school’s mission to strive for a diverse and inclusive community.
“We recognize that people identify in all different ways on campus, and we want to make sure everyone has a place here, which includes bathrooms,” Head of Middle School Jon Wimbish said.
by Charlie Kogen ’19
Meetings about 10th grade scheduling for current ninth graders were held in the ninth grade lounge from Feb. 2 until Friday. The main topic of conversation was 10th grade course placement, but there was also some talk about graduation requirements as well as college admissions and Upper School expectations.
At least one ninth grade dean, either Betsy Ilg or Colby Plath, along with an Upper School dean, led each meeting. This was the first year that Upper School dean Jamie Chan has attended these meetings. Chan, who previously worked in admissions at Emory University, thinks that the meetings are beneficial to ninth graders.
“It’s helpful to input what we see at the upper school in 10th, 11th, 12th grades,” Chan said.
The students met with the deans in small groups of no more than 15. The meetings took place throughout the school day and lasted the entire 40-minute period.
Many ninth graders thought that these meetings were helpful.
“I think it’s beneficial because I wouldn’t have thought as much about the classes I was taking,” Lauren Witmer ’19 said.
By Jonathan Chong ’19
Upper school dance teachers Erica Jansson ’08 and Cynthia Winter, along with five seniors, visited the middle school campus to teach the Contemporary Dance Workshop Ⅰ, Contemporary Dance Workshop Ⅱ and Dance Production classes. These classes took place on Feb. 11 during third, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth periods.
“The purpose of our visit was really to connect the dance program across both campuses,” Jansson said.
The first half of the classes were organized towards letting the students, both middle schoolers and seniors, dance together through a guided and structured improvisation. Seniors then answered questions specifically about the upper school dance program.
Dance teacher Joe Schenck said he enjoyed having the guest teachers come and thought that the experience was helpful for the students.
“I think it was very beneficial to have the seniors dancing alongside the middle school dancers. Their improvisation immediately became more explorative, expressive, bold and creative. I loved seeing everyone drawing inspiration from each other,” Schenck said.
Students in the classes also said they enjoyed the experience.
“The upper school dancers gave a lot of insight into the upper school program and made me excited to be part of it next year,” Catherine Crouch ’19 said.
This was not the first time that Jansson has come with the seniors to teach the middle school students. Jansson has been visiting for four years now and hopes to keep the tradition in the dance program.