Author: Milton Magazine

New Leadership at Lower School

New Lower School Principal Frank Patti is spending this year building relationships with the faculty, students, and families who make up Milton’s kindergarten through fifth-grade community. “I think that our youngest learners can be the most curious and excited learners,” Frank says of working with lower-school students. “It’s so incredible to be part of that process with them, when they’re asking questions and they really have the entire world at their fingertips. Being a part of helping kids get those building blocks that they will need in middle school, high school, and beyond is such a privilege, and it’s...

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Ify Ofulue Excels at ISLs and New Englands

Undefeated and breaking records, Amanda “Ify” Ofulue ’19 wrapped up an amazing track and field season by winning the New England Championships (New England Prep School Track Association – Division 1) in both shot put (41′ 10″) and discus (129′ 10″). In both events, she broke Milton school records, and she set a facility record (Loomis Chaffee) in discus. Ify was also an ISL Champion in shot put, setting an ISL Championship record, and an ISL Champion in discus. She topped it all off with second place in javelin, scoring a total of 28 of Milton’s total 72 points, which placed the girls third overall in ISLs. “In my opinion, she will be remembered as the greatest female throw athlete in Milton Academy’s history and in the ISL,” says Coach Steve Darling. “I don’t foresee her records being broken for a very long time, maybe ever. An athlete like Ify only comes around once in a lifetime. I’m just glad I was here to witness it.” Ify was one of three captains along with Cianna O’Flaherty ’19 and Lily Wright ’19. “She’s been a great captain,” says Steve. “She’s always the first to arrive and one of the last to leave. Having Ify on the team is similar to having another assistant coach at practice, due to her maturity and her experience competing. Ify is very easy to coach,...

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The Many Milton Hats of Josh Jordan ’11

When people ask Josh Jordan ’11 how he came to know seemingly everyone at Milton Academy, the answer is a bit complex. Many members of the Upper School faculty were his teachers, mentors, and coaches; now they’re his colleagues. He serves on the Staff Committee. He coaches several Upper School sports teams. He spent his college summers planting and landscaping the campus with the facilities department. He’s worked in the Middle School’s after-school program—a job his father, a Boston schoolteacher, also held at one point. Josh now spends every day in Lower School classrooms as a floating teacher and...

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Student Writers Earn Numerous Accolades

Writing awards were bountiful this spring for numerous creative and nonfiction writing students. Of the 28 Milton students who earned 45 regional scholastic writing honors in January, five were recognized at the national level. Caroline Bragg ’21 won a gold medal for flash fiction, Erika Yip ’20 won a gold medal for poetry, Sarah Hsu ’19 won a silver medal for flash fiction, and Clara Wolff ’19 won a silver medal for poetry. Notably, Akua Owusu ’19 won a silver medal with distinction for her writing portfolio, which consisted of nonfiction essays and eight pieces of poetry. “One of the essays I wrote for my nonfiction class,” Akua says. “It’s about my father and his immigration story of coming to America from Ghana. It’s also about how I think about success and living up to expectations. When I first started writing in my English classes, it was hard to write about personal stuff, but now I’m comfortable writing about stuff closer to home. You gain confidence in yourself.” Erika’s gold-medal poem was informed by her “new role as an upperclassman, inspiring me to rethink how previous years’ experiences shape my identity today.” “When We Are Old Enough” is an ode both to childhood summers and to mourning the loss of innocence as one grows older. The poem depicts scenes of purity and the speaker’s growing attraction to the mysteries...

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Alex Wang Serves as UN Youth Delegate

Over March break, Alex Wang ’21 represented his home country of China at the Youth Forum 2019 held by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Alex was one of 42 youth delegates from 33 countries who gathered in Vienna over three days to share their experiences and ideas on topics such as drug-use prevention and rehabilitation. “It was so interesting,” Alex says. “Although I’ve lived in a few different countries, I’ve never been to an event with people from around the world. It was refreshing and informative to hear their ideas, and then to share my ideas.”...

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