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Category: On Centre

A Digital Opportunity for a Timeless Concept

Ben Rhodes-Kropf ’24 has a message from his father. In order to receive it, he’ll have to travel to Spain.

That’s because his dad left the message through Trace, an app Rhodes-Kropf and classmate Benjamin Siegel ‘24 developed throughout their junior and senior years at Milton. The location-based service combines the functions of a messaging app with the thrill of an in-person treasure hunt, allowing users to “leave a Trace” wherever they are in the world. Messages for other Trace users (or their future selves) are delivered only when the recipient is physically close to the location where the message—in video form—was recorded.

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The Best of Buddies

On a warm, sunny fall day, fifth- graders Sophie Kalin and Emily Munko are eager to explain what makes Milton’s buddy program so special.

For Sophie, “It brings back memories of when I was in kindergarten,” and for Emily, “I just love hanging out with the young kids.” Today, they watch as their kindergarten buddy Malachi Camp- bell scoops up wood chips off the ground, carefully arranging them around the legs of one of the playground’s benches. He wants to make sure, he explains, that the bench doesn’t wobble when someone sits down.

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Robotics Team Off to a Strong Start

Milton’s robotics team held its top rankings through the beginning of the 2023–2024 season. One of the team’s robots—operated by a small group of students—held first place in southern New England and moved up the ranks globally, while other Milton robots consistently ranked at the top of regional tournaments.

Working year-round in their expanded lab on the ground floor of the Art and Media Center, the robotics team is a dedicated, inclusive, and highly skilled group of students who have impressed their coaches and competitors with their incredible abilities and their positive attitudes. Upper School robotics students have mentored Middle School competitors, securing a successful future for the program.

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Film Students Enter NYC Festival

Milton film students traveled to New York City for the All-American High School Film Festival, where two students, Yevgeniya Regent ’24 and Luke Witkowski ’24, had films accepted and shown. Regent’s documentary, “Prayer of the Birds” made it to the Best of Fest showing and was nominated for Best International Film and Best Documentary. 

Yevgeniya has earned accolades at several festivals for “Prayer of the Birds,” winning Best Picture and the Audience Choice Award at the Williston Northampton Film Festival and Best Film About a Social Issue in the Student World Impact Film Festival. The documentary chronicles the experience of a young Ukrainian refugee—Yevgeniya’s sister—as she adjusts to life in a new country. Witkowski’s film, “Bloodshed,” won Best Editing at the Williston Northampton Film Festival.

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Milton Hosts Second TEDx Event

In its second year, TEDxMiltonAcademy took center stage at King Theatre on December 1. The event featured seven student, alumni, and faculty speakers with original talks on topics including traditions, grief, love, and medicine.

This year’s speakers were, L-R, Tanya Everett ‘02, Adrienne Fung ’25, Valerie Gu ’25, Samantha Berk ’24, faculty member Kristine Palmero, Sean Burns ’94, and Julia Shephard Stenzel ’82. The talks were recorded for the TEDx YouTube channel.

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Milton Magazine Awarded Gold

In 2023, Milton Magazine received a Gold award in the Circle of Excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

CASE judges noted: “With its elegant design and smart writing, this magazine has all the hallmarks of a commercial publication.” It’s the second year in a row that the magazine has been a finalist for the Robert Sibley Magazine of the Year Award.

In 2022, it made history by becoming the first publication from an independent school to receive the Sibley, the highest honor in the field.

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NYT Bestselling Author Ilyon Woo P’25 Visits as Heyburn Lecturer

Historian, author, and educator Ilyon Woo P’25 visited Milton in the fall to deliver the Heyburn Lecture and spend time in U. S. history classes. Woo is the author of Master Slave Husband Wife, a riveting true story about an enslaved couple’s escape and journey to freedom. The New York Times selected Woo’s book as one of its 10 best books of 2023.

“You can continue to add to history rather than choosing and privileging one dominant narrative,” Woo told students.

The Henry R. Heyburn ’39 Lecture, which commemorates Heyburn’s love of history and dedication to Milton as a student, parent, and Trustee, brings historians to campus for lively discussions about their research.

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