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Going on Project

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in 2016 Fall Issue, Across the Quad | Comments Off on Going on Project

Each May, Class I students begin the long-awaited “Senior Project.” A tradition since the 1960s, Senior Projects have evolved, and today seniors’ proposals qualify as: scholarly or academic; community service; internships; or the arts. The Class of 2016 chose broadly—from immigration to the environment, from stem cell research and business startups through working on presidential campaigns. Students painted, gardened, sewed, prepared concerts and recitals, shadowed doctors, wrote and directed plays, tried learning new instruments and...

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Book: Dancing With the Tiger, Lili Wright ’82

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Book: Dancing With the Tiger, Lili Wright ’82

Dancing With the Tiger by Lili Wright ’82 Putnam Penguin, July 2016 Lili Wright ’82 published her first novel, Dancing With the Tiger, with Putnam Penguin this summer to much acclaim. The novel is a thriller set against Mexico’s epidemic of drug violence, and the global controversy over the repatriation of cultural artifacts. The tale begins when a drug-addicted grave robber unearths an artifact he’s certain is of immense historical and monetary value. His decisions lead to a violent struggle for possession, involving a vicious drug...

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Design: LAMPO, Lindsay Richardson ’00

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Design: LAMPO, Lindsay Richardson ’00

LAMPO The lamp that comes in a tube Inspired by the mechanics of threaded wooden toys and the infinite possibilities of origami, Lindsay Richardson ’00 and partners developed an ultra-modern lamp using materials they love. Influenced by designers like Noguchi and Nelson, they ensure every detail is both beautiful and functional. They set out to make LAMPO something they could afford for their own homes. LAMPO is the lamp that comes in a tube—it can go anywhere and light up any room. It’s made with quality materials and is easy to...

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Food: Mei Mei Boston, Irene Li ’08

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Food: Mei Mei Boston, Irene Li ’08

Mei Mei Boston Inspired Chinese-American cuisine Irene Li ’08 launched her third and fourth Boston-based food businesses: Mei Mei by Design in the Seaport, a shipping container-turned-lunch counter, and Mei Mei Pantry, a line of Chinese-inspired sauces starring local ingredients. Both enterprises emerged from her and her siblings’ award-winning food truck, caterer, and restaurant, Mei Mei, near Kenmore Square, serving up creative Chinese-American cuisine made from locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients. The food truck opened in April...

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Film: West of Her, Ethan Warren ’04

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Film: West of Her, Ethan Warren ’04

West of Her by Ethan Warren ’04 Corner Piece Productions, April 2016 West of Her, directed by Ethan Warren ’04, is a film about adventure, romance and a life of meaning. Alone and adrift, Dan joins a mysterious organization, agreeing to roam the country with a stranger named Jane, working by night, laying small linoleum tiles in the streets of towns across America, each bearing the same cryptic message. Dan feels that his mysterious employers—who communicate only through Jane—know vital secrets. As the pair travels together, their...

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Book: The Accidental Agent, Andrew Rosenheim ’72

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Book: The Accidental Agent, Andrew Rosenheim ’72

The Accidental Agent by Andrew Rosenheim ’72 The Overlook Press, July 2016 The conclusion to the Jimmy Nessheim trilogy, by Andrew Rosenheim ’72, The Accidental Agent is set in the fall of 1942. In the midst of war, special agent Jimmy Nessheim has asked for extended leave from the FBI to study law at the University of Chicago. But at the university, under the stands at Staff Field, renowned scientist Enrico Fermi is beginning work on what will become known as the Manhattan Project, research that could not only change the course of the...

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A Catalyst at Google: Annie Argues for Real Conversations – Annie Jean-Baptiste ’06

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A Catalyst at Google: Annie Argues for Real Conversations  –  Annie Jean-Baptiste ’06

Silicon Valley, arguably the most innovative corner of the planet, is also famously—and perhaps resolutely—homogeneous. The Valley’s mostly male and mostly white and Asian tech workforce unremittingly turns out life-changing tools. Can the mix of minds and hearts that created today’s constantly evolving reality come up with inventions that will work for the next billion users, and solve the problems of our battered planet as well? “Tech companies, regardless of their size, are focused on these ‘next billion users,’” says Annie...

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Litigating the Right to Marry – Chris Dusseault ’87

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Litigating the Right to Marry –  Chris Dusseault ’87

You might predict that a debater at Milton and then Yale would turn up as a lawyer. Chris Dusseault claims an even tighter overlap between his love of music and singing at both those schools and his distinction as a litigator. “Reading your audience, understanding them, what they’re receiving and what they’re not, is much the same as looking a judge and jury in the eye. You come into the courtroom with one conception of how it should go—‘this is what I intended’—but is it working? You need to pay attention to what is resonating...

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What Don’t You Understand? Making Videos that Tackle the Issues that Confound Us. – Joe Posner ’03

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What Don’t You Understand?  Making Videos that Tackle the Issues that Confound Us. – Joe Posner ’03

The first of Joe Posner’s videos to go viral, he explains, was a robust, animated description of Europe’s austerity programs—all in about five minutes. He pitched the project, earned a grant from his alma mater, Brown, and collaborated with political economist Mark Blyth to render scholarly ideas about austerity in an accessible, entertaining video. That was 2009. Today, Joe’s videos deliver facts-in-context at Vox.com, where his approach to creating video matches the mission of the Vox digital platform. Vox.com aims to “explain the...

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Education. Especially Rural and Public. – Rebecca Holcombe ’84 

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Education. Especially Rural and Public.  – Rebecca Holcombe ’84 

The map of Vermont’s school districts—more than 270—on Dr. Rebecca Holcombe’s office wall resembles a patchwork quilt. Rebecca is responsible for this mix of colors and overlapping diagonal lines, this complicated school system. A passionate supporter of public schools, Rebecca became Vermont’s Secretary of Education in January 2014. “Nothing is more important than public education,” says Rebecca. “If we cannot help children develop their voices and participate in civic life, help them make good decisions for our communities...

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Art: Eclectic Visions

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Art: Eclectic Visions

Eclectic Visions Milton’s Nesto Gallery, May/June 2016 This spring, Milton’s Nesto Gallery showcased the work of talented alumni artists celebrating their Milton reunion. The exhibit was a broad collection of perspective, scale, medium and story. Artists include Valerie Claff ’81, Murray Dewart ’66, Mikel Glass ’81, Walter Horak ’66, Michael Maltby ’66 and Amy Wood ’76.

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What Is the Real Safe?

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in 2016 Fall Issue, Features | Comments Off on What Is the Real Safe?

What Is the Real Safe?

In the black box, six students shift quietly about the stage, taking positions to give public voice to the raw, or eloquent, or plaintive comments that emerged during more than 30 interviews. The actors, in their dark or neutral street-wear, recede physically, which isolates and emphasizes their words slicing through the air, riveting the audience. The script, which they sculpted from their transcribed interviews, sketches vulnerability in different shapes and sizes. It uses their narrators’ exact phrases. “Narrators” are those people...

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Know Thyself: An Approach to Getting There

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Know Thyself: An Approach to Getting There

In the student lounge of Ware Hall one morning in late May, seventh graders were piecing together snack “necklaces” to represent what they’d learned about themselves. They’d just completed year one of the Middle School’s 360 program. A mini-Saltine cracker meant they knew their learning style, and could easily articulate it. Gummy candies and fruit loops in different flavors represented auditory, visual and tactile/kinesthetic learning. A Cheerio represented empathy, and a purple gummy ring was the sign of good time management. A...

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In Sight, Fall 2016

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in 2016 Fall Issue, InSight | Comments Off on In Sight, Fall 2016

World-renowned photojournalist Lynsey Addario shared with students the challenges and rewards of her work, covering wartime conflicts and human rights issues. Photographs from her award-winning collection Veiled Rebellion—documenting the plight of women in Afghanistan—were on exhibit in Milton’s Nesto Gallery, during her visit as last year’s Melissa Dilworth Gold Visiting Artist. Ms. Addario creates photographs for the New York Times, National Geographic and Time...

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Marshall Sloane ’17 Wins National Championship in Speech Tournament

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Marshall Sloane ’17 Wins National Championship in Speech Tournament

Almost four years to the day after he earned a national title in speech and debate as a Middle School student, Marshall Sloane ’17 repeated the feat, this time becoming High School National Champion in international extemporaneous speaking at the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah. Marshall delivered 13 speeches over the course of the tournament, rising to the top of the 250 students from across the country who competed in his category. He earned awards for winning the finals as well as the entire...

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Matt Tabor ’17 Throws Perfect Game Against Lawrence

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Matt Tabor ’17 Throws Perfect Game Against Lawrence

Matt Tabor ’17 accomplished one of the most challenging and impressive achievements in sports when he pitched a perfect game against Lawrence Academy this spring. Matt’s perfect game, which happened on April 30, capped a season full of highlights for the boys’ varsity baseball team. “Pitching a perfect game is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says Sam Murray ’17. The accomplishment is rare—Coach Matthew Petherick had never had a pitcher throw a perfect game before Matt. Matt said that he did not have high expectations going into...

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Campus Safety Director Jay Hackett Wins National Award

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Campus Safety Director Jay Hackett Wins National Award

Jay Hackett, Milton’s director of campus safety and risk management, has achieved the “gold standard” in addressing safety and security issues at sporting events, according to a national organization recognizing Jay’s leadership. Jay was included among professionals from Major League Baseball, the National Football Association, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation who received Professional of the Year Awards from the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi. Milton’s...

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Milton Student Poet Wins National Recognition

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A “tough contest” is how English faculty member Lisa Baker describes the Bennington College Young Writers Award. But Letitia Chan’s ’17 collection of poems stood out among more than 2,000 entries, and she was awarded the first-place poetry prize. Her poems cover topics such as a distant relationship between a mother and daughter to a grandfather who favors men over women, but only has granddaughters. “Most of my writing is only partly autobiographical. Often it is a version of something or an experience I took inspiration from,”...

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Middle School “Speechies” and Coach Debbie Simon Earn National Recognition

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Speaking, storytelling and bringing to life poetry and prose paid off for the Middle School’s Speech Team, as it was recognized as one of the top-five Teams of Excellence at the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah. The students used their skills in public address, limited preparation and interpretation to succeed in a variety of events over the course of the tournament. Six students placed as finalists during the tournament, meaning they were among the top six in the nation in their events, while several...

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John Avlon ’91 Kicks Off Seminar Day 2016

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John Avlon ’91 Kicks Off Seminar Day 2016

What Happens When Centrists Are Marginalized? “If you’re tempted to disengage from politics as a result of this surrealist campaign, don’t,” students heard from John Avlon ’91, editor in chief of The Daily Beast and a CNN political analyst. Ceding political debate to “hyper-partisans” is partly to blame for the highly polarized state of Congress and political campaigns right now, he explained. John launched Seminar Day 2016 as the Sally Bowles ’56 Keynote Speaker. John has long advocated for the power and importance of...

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Milton Sailors Set Their Bar and Meet It

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Milton Sailors Set Their Bar and Meet It

From the shore, sailing looks effortless. Handsome boats glide across the water. Milton sailors, however, testify to the mental and physical challenges. “I describe sailing as trying to do sit-ups while going through little hills and playing chess—all with one arm tied behind your back,” says Peter Baron ’17. Sailing team coach Patrick Broome says, “Sailing is intellectual. On the water, you need to figure out where the wind is coming from, what the tide is doing, where your team is, what the other team is doing, and where you need...

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From Fifty to One: We’ll Take It a Day at a Time

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From Fifty to One: We’ll Take It a Day at a Time

After 42 years at Milton—24 of those years living in Robbins House—lots of adjustments loom ahead. One of these adjustments may not occur to most people as they think about retiring: Erica and I are going from living our everyday lives with at least fifty people to living with just one person: to living with each other. Fifty personal styles and fifty voices; fifty sets of needs and fifty senses of humor, or lack thereof; fifty cases of fatigue and fifty levels of energy; fifty fans of brownies and fifty pairs of willing ears. We’ve...

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Mark Hilgendorf

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Mark Hilgendorf

Mark Hilgendorf History and Social Sciences Department Member of the Faculty, 1982–2016 Of Mark Hilgendorf, one history department colleague said, “He is a master at inviting our connection with each other around the table,” of encouraging “a radical sense of shared humanity.” I’ll begin there, as perhaps there’s no higher praise for a career educator. For Mark, though, such connection was, from the beginning, the goal. He arrived at Milton 34 years ago, in 1982, with his wife, Cindy, and their two, very young children in...

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Erica Banderob

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Erica Banderob

Erica Banderob    Math Department and Robbins House Head Member of the Faculty, 1978–2016 Ricky came to work at Milton in 1978. John Banderob was working here already, and as former faculty member Donald Duncan recalls, “Ricky got the job, and it didn’t take very long before John realized that a treasure was teaching across the street.” However, Ricky is much more than the other half of the indomitable Banderob team. She stands up for what is just and fair, often looking at a situation from the student perspective. In fact, it is...

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