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Students Earn State and National Honors in the Economics Challenge

Students Earn State and National Honors in the Economics Challenge

This spring, four students represented Milton for the first time in the National Economics Challenge, after winning their division in the statewide competition. Class of 2018 students Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Dhruv Jain, Quincy Hughes and Jeffrey Cao were invited to the Massachusetts State House to be recognized as state champions. The first Milton students to compete in the challenge, they also placed 16th out of 35 teams in the semifinals of the David Ricardo Division in the national challenge.

Questions in the competition focused on economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, and current events. Only one member of the team has taken a formal economics course at Milton so far. Jaime, for example, grew up learning about economics from his parents. For Jaime, the subject is the perfect combination of math, history and social science. “I’m interested in the decisions people make, and the factors that play into why they make them,” says Jaime.

Math faculty members Michael Wood and Susan Karp, along with history faculty member Mark Heath, helped the students prepare for and enter the competition. The team developed a study guide and worked together to prepare for the broad range of topics.

The study of economics “simplifies life,” says Quincy. “It’s an interesting study of how the world functions. It helps you understand and predict things that should happen under a certain set of circumstances.”

Sailing Team Caps Undefeated Season with Third-Place Finish at Two National Events

An epic sailing season ended on a high note when Milton placed third in the ISSA Baker Team Race Championship held in Norfolk, Virginia. The national race consisted of the top 12 teams from around the country. Milton qualified for the race after placing second at the New England team racing championship held at Bowdoin College.

The team also had great success in fleet racing—placing third in both the New England championships and the national ISSA Mallory Doublehanded Championship. The number-one-ranked team also won the Massachusetts State High School Championship. These accomplish- ments capped off an undefeated regular season in which the team went 20–0, losing only four races the entire season and winning every meet.

“Going undefeated was my proudest moment,” says Eli Burnes ’17, one of the co-captains of the team. “We had to be very focused all season, because every race counted.” Co-captain Ginny Alex ’17 said their biggest meet win was against St. George’s School.

The appearance at the Baker race was the first time for Milton Academy since 2007. The weather was not ideal, with low wind and intermittent storms. “We were disappointed that wind wasn’t better, but we have strong skills so that it didn’t hold us back too much,” says Ginny. “We all went in really wanting to win, but coming out of it we were still happy with our third-place finish. We’ve grown so much as a team. During our freshman year, our goal was to make it to New Englands by the time we were seniors, and now as seniors, we made it to team racing nationals once and to fleet racing nationals twice.”

Robotics Team Competes in First National Championship

For the first time, the Robotics Team competed in a national champion- ship, traveling to Council Bluffs, Iowa, for the CREATE U.S. Open of Robotics, one of the largest robotics tournaments in the world. Chris Hales, math and computer programming faculty member, accompanied six students from the team and said it was a great experience. Milton’s team came in 70th out of 250.

Senior co-heads Anne Bailey ’17 and Isabel Basow ’17 said one of the biggest surprises was the team spirit and enthusiasm displayed by all the attendees. “I expected it to be very serious. You work on your robot, compete, and just get it done,” says Isabel.

“But everyone was really into it,” says Anne. “They decorated their areas, hung state flags. There were ‘spirit bots,’ robots that were just for fun and would high-five you or throw candy as you walked by.”

The team competed with their robot “Tokyo Lift,” and despite a few technical issues that cropped up during competition, the team was happy with their performance. Anne and Isabel said they also took away some inspiration for the future.

“We got a lot of ideas for robot design,” says Anne. “And for the team in general. We learned a lot about team dynamics by observing how other teams work together. We saw different ways to distribute tasks and help rookies.”

Junior co-heads Truman Marshall ’18 and Carson Prindle ’18, along with Thomas Elliott ’18 and Sarah Hsu ’19, were the other members of the team at the championship.

John McEvoy ’82—Alumnus and Parent—Joins the Board

John McEvoy ’82 is the managing partner of Neponset Bay Capital LP, a private investment fund. From 2003 to 2016, John managed corporate and asset-based investments in the aviation, shipping and paper industries for Wayzata Investment Partners, of which he was a founding partner. Prior to that, John was managing director and London group head of Lehman Brothers Communication Fund. He previously served as principal and partner of Soros Fund Management, after holding several credit-related positions at Prudential Investment Corporation.

John earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and his master’s in management from MIT. He currently sits on the Americas Executive Board and Sustainability Initiative Advisory Board of MIT Sloan School of Management. He also serves on the board of directors and as a trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities and Boston.

Father to Alex ’19, Leydn ’20 and James ’25, John and his wife, Aedie, live with their family in Milton.

Milton’s Ski Teams Win NEPSACs Championships

Both the boys’ and girls’ varsity ski teams emerged victorious in the Class B NEPSAC Alpine Skiing Championship held in February 2017 on Okemo Mountain in Vermont. The last time a Milton team won the NEPSACs was 2002, when both teams swept the championships.

The teams competed in the Slalom and Giant Slalom (GS) events. Chris Matthews ’17, captain of the boys’ team, said, “I think a change in mindset definitely lent itself to our performance at NEPSACs.” Girls’ team captain Emily Bell ’17 praised the depth on both the boys’ and girls’ teams that was crucial to the victory. “The talent runs really far down our roster,” she said.

All five of the skiers scoring points on the girls’ team finished in the top 15, including Lydia Hill ’17, Katarina Stephan ’19, Sophie Kylander ’18 and Shayla Kelley ’19. Lydia finished first in Slalom and second in GS; Katarina finished second in Slalom and fifth in GS; Sophie finished 15th in Slalom; and Shayla finished 11th for GS. The boys’ team accomplished a similar feat, with all four of their scorers finishing in the top 20. Matt Ryan ’20 finished second in both Slalom and GS; Beck Kendig ’20 finished eighth in both Slalom and GS; Ben Pratt ’19 finished 18th in Slalom; and Chuck Leonetti ’19 finished 20th in GS.

Everyone “watches each other’s races and we all root for each other, so it’s a really nice support system. Winning both was so exciting, and we all got to celebrate together,” said Emily.

Tackling Food Waste and a Culture Shift, Two Students Lead the Way

Patrick Huang ’18, of Wolcott House, and Daniel Xiao ’18, who lives in Forbes House, noticed a problem that irked them: When their friends and dorm mates took food back to their rooms from the dining hall, the food waste was discarded into regular trash cans, for lack of a more sustainable alternative. The two boys wanted to do something about it. Last spring they led a pilot composting project in both Wolcott and Forbes houses. They’ve launched this program in the same year that Milton’s dining services implemented a composting system in the dining halls as part of the School’s broader sustainability initiatives.

“We started thinking about how we could harvest what was being thrown away in the dorms and give it back to the earth,” says Daniel.

The boys researched composting companies and decided on Bootstrap Compost, a residential and commercial “food scrap pickup service” operating in Greater Boston. Science faculty member Joel Moore met with the two students regularly to discuss their plans and to work on a presentation to School administrators. “Daniel’s and Patrick’s commitment was excellent. They showed patience, grit and diplomacy throughout the process,” says Joel.

Facilities Services and Milton’s Business Office approved their plan, and the two began a trial run of the initiative in February. They placed one Bootstrap composting bucket on each floor of the dorm to collect vegetables, fruits, grains, and the dining hall’s compostable paper plates and utensils. Each week, Patrick and Daniel move the buckets to a designated pickup location for collection by Bootstrap. A long-term goal is to receive composted soil back from Bootstrap for the School’s gardens.

The pilot project ran through the end of the school year. Bootstrap’s founder says that it “typically takes two to three months for people to fully embrace the service. Over time, compost skeptics will buy into the process.” Daniel and Patrick are working harder on communicating about the project to their peers. They hope the project leads to brainstorming of other sustainability ideas on campus for students to be involved in, including adding more dorms to the compost project.

Milton’s Artists and Writers Recognized for Outstanding Work

Thirty-eight Milton students received recognition—Gold Key, Silver Key or Honorable Mention—in the Massachusetts Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards began in 1923 and are considered the most prestigious arts awards for teenagers in the country. All Gold Key award work is submitted to the national scholastic competition.

Aditya Gandhi ’18 won a Gold Key and Honorable Mention in poetry. “My interest in writing comes mostly from reading literature. I owe thanks to all my English teachers, but especially to Mr. Connolly. The two poems of mine that were recognized deal largely with identity and how it is shaped by culture and society.”

Tony Xu ’17 won a Gold Key award for his painting titled “Fish Guts.” “My interest in painting, specifically this type of realism painting, was inspired by visits to the fresh food markets in China as a kid, and also by my own interest in exploring grotesque and detailed images using oils. Brian Kim’s (’16) works last year were also an inspiration. I created this painting from a photograph of a real model that I made after purchasing a fish from the market.”

Caroline Massey ’18 won Silver and Gold Keys for photography and a Silver Key in art. “I’ve taken photography at Milton since my sophomore year and fell in love with the medium. Working with photography gives me an appreciation for and fascination with people and light, and these two things ultimately became the main focus of my work. ‘Eleanor,’ my Gold Key photo, is a picture of my cousin Eleanor sitting in a pool with her head tilted upside down toward the camera. My cousin is my favorite subject to photograph— she’s always a very enthusiastic, cooperative and goofy model!”

Hannah Neri ’18 won an Honorable Mention, Silver Key and Gold Key for her photography as well. “My family likes to travel a lot, so photography is a great, portable way to document our trips and the different cultures, in a way that is unique to me. My photography is inspired by the people and places around me. All three recognized photographs were taken on trips—two of them when I was in Malawi visiting an orphan school and one of them in Bologna, Italy.”

Students Host Independent School Sustainability Conference at Milton

The student-run Independent School Sustainability Coalition (ISSC) held its first one-day conference at Milton to discuss sustainability issues and exchange ideas and initiatives. The coalition was the idea of Ariane DesRosiers ’19, who was inspired by the online literary publication The Tavern, a collaborative effort among independent- school students. Pierce Wilson ’19, Patrick Huang ’18, Max Hui ’18 and Jennifer Chen ’19 also played roles in forming the ISSC, which is made up of 21 schools from all over New England. Seven schools attended the conference.

“When I’m working on sustainability issues at Milton, I sometimes feel like it’s always me and the same 15 students,” says Ariane. “I was happy to see so many other students who are working on and saying the same things I’m doing and saying. It was nice to hear these similar voices. I also loved learning what other schools are doing and different ways to get the community involved.”

Pierce was instrumental in arranging the keynote speaker, Chantelle Mendonsa, who works for the Center for Policy Advocacy at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

ART WORKS

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