Issue: December 2019

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New Clubs at Suffield Academy

Article: Sarah Park ’20 | Photos & Videos: 

Each year, students with common interests are able to create new clubs, be it Political Action Club, Fencing Club, or even Anime Club. This gives students a great opportunity to express their passion, show their talent, or learn more about fields they are interested in outside of the academic curriculum. It only takes an eager group of students and a faculty coordinator to start a new club, and this year, two new clubs at Suffield are making a splash. This year, Cooking and Baking Club was formed by a group of students who share their love for food. As a co-leader of the club, Sasha Skinner ’20 mentioned how she wanted to “bring the community together with cooking.”
This club strives to connect people, through a shared love of cooking (or eating), who may not otherwise cross paths. Sasha commented, “Everybody loves a good cupcake or brownie, and trying a new dish is always fun to explore.” So far, Cooking and Baking Club has made noticeable progress in their collaborative fundraiser activity with Girl Up by holding bake sales during various soccer games. Students in this group not only wish to share the delicious, enjoyable taste of the food they make, but they also are willing to do it for a good cause and to support the Suffield community. Eventually, the club’s annual goal is to make a cook book with recipes that students and faculty bring from their own homes and cultures. Sasha shared, “We want to express the wide variety of foods that are hidden within the Suffield community, whether it be grandma’s famous meatballs, or a food which is traditional to one’s culture.” 

Another unique club that was newly introduced this year is the Visual Club created by Hunter Tran ’21. A renowned artist on campus, Hunter practices various forms of art such as photography, and he often holds photoshoots on campus featuring Suffield students as models. His photoshoots helped him realize that many students shared his same passion for art, and he decided it was a good idea to officially form a club. The Visual Club’s motives are to allow students to portray their individuality and artistic expression through photography and modeling. The club occasionally comes together to discuss ideas for photoshoots and learn new skills, from handling a camera to digitally editing photographs. The members also incorporate aspects of fashion and makeup in this activity. 

As of now, Hunter has led several students in modeling and photoshoots, and after editing these, he has posted his work on social media with the hopes of attracting more students to participate in a new experience. Ultimately, Hunter shared that his goal for the year is “to continue to help others learn that the technicality behind photography and modelling is not as daunting as it initially seems and encourage others to express their own artistry.” He also plans to organize a trip off campus to beautiful locations to hold more photoshoots.


Turbulence Over Trump’s Potential Impeachment

Article: Jenna Daly ’21  |  Photo: Associated Press

President Trump is notorious for running his office differently than most past presidents, but he marked an important time recently with the beginning of the fourth impeachment case in United States history. Democrats are looking to remove Trump from office and will have their first public hearing on November 13th. The issue at hand is Trump’s suspected abuse of power with respect to Ukraine.

The president is accused of taking advantage of public trust by strongly persuading Ukraine into investigating Trump’s possible political opponent, Joe Biden. Trump released a transcript of a phone call between himself and Ukraine’s president. This, along with further statements from members of the foreign policy bureaucracy, has led the prosecution to believe that Trump threatened to refuse military aid and White House visits until Ukraine complied. The call for impeachment relates back to an idea of the Founding Fathers. Impeachment is a serious act that only comes into effect to prosecute “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanor.” The House Judiciary Committee draws up articles of impeachment, which then voted on by the whole chamber. If the House decides to impeach Trump, the vote will go to a Senate trial. The Republican-influenced Senate will most likely be unable to conjure up the two-thirds vote needed to remove Trump from office. While still technically impeached by the House, Trump can continue to stay in office if the Senate does not agree. The Senate trial would likely occur in January of 2020. If President Trump remains in his office, he will be the first president ever to run for re-election after being impeached, another important event for the United States’ history.

Collinson, Stephen. “Get ready for a historic week in US politics.” CNN, November 11, 2019. .


Community: Suffield Academy’s Ally Week

Article & Images: Nicole St. Jacques ’20

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Four Campus Dogs

Article & Photo: Ari Shah ’20

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The Best Meal at Suffield: Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches vs. Fish Tacos

Article & Photo: Sarah Kurbanov ’21

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The Reality of Senior Speeches

Article: Claudia Carey ’20 | Photo: Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, P’18, ’22

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The Arts

Suffield’s Art Exhibits

Article: Katya Yurkovskaya ’22 | Photo: Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88

Visual arts are an important part of Suffield Academy. While many students take an art class, others enjoy seeing their classmates artwork through exhibitions. When asked about the art exhibitions, Mrs. Fuller, the Co-Chair of the Visual Arts Department, said that “the idea is to showcase student work and their reaction to the world around them.” Mrs. Fuller notices that, in their artwork, students often reflect their feelings and opinions about what is happening globally or in their personal lives. “Art does not have to be just a pretty picture.” she says, “It can be an incredibly profound and meaningful statement.”

Every year Suffield Academy has at least twelve art exhibits, from various classes to the year-round Art Special program. For example, one of these classes, the Advanced Studio Arts class, presented a unique exhibit in late October, where each student explored and then created big drawing of a tree, adding their definitive touches and style to it. Another recent exhibit was presented by the seniors who have been taken art for three or four years, showcasing their work, either by themselves or collaboratively. Mrs. Fuller believes that art exhibits are “great PR for the school” as “everyone loves to see art, especially student art.” Many faculty members even ask for student art for their offices. As the Co-Chair concludes, “Student art is very much appreciated and loved at Suffield Academy”


Suffield Sports from a New Perspective: Team Managers

Article: Megan Swanson ’21 | Video: Elm Piyasombatkul ’21

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Suffield Academy Fall Sports Recap

Article & Photo (first football photo): Megan Swanson ’21
Additional Photos: Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, P’18, ’22

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  • This fall has been a tremendous season for Suffield athletics. Six of the varsity teams finished with winning records, with special mention going to the football team, who went undefeated into their final game. Additionally, six Suffield teams have made the playoffs or competed in New England Championship events. Outside the varsity level, the Tigers had a similarly strong season. The athletes built close relationships with their teammates and coaches both in and out of practice. Included below are spotlights of the individual varsity seasons.   
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    The boys’ water polo team had a successful season, building on the foundation built by last year’s strong senior class. This year’s team also featured a new addition, Charles Andre Roberts ’21, who tallied over 140 goals, setting a new school record. Other notable contributors included Oliver Roberts ’22 who anchored the defense, and captain Marco Secchiaroli ’20, an all-around leader and contributor. The boys finished the season 13-7, taking home 4th in the New England Tournament after falling to Loomis Chaffee in the consolation game. With many players returning, the team will be looking towards next year to improve and progress further into the tournament.

    The boys’ cross-country team came into this year after losing three of their top four runners from last year's season. However, many new faces brought increasingly impressive performances throughout the fall. The team featured Jack Lynam ’22, who managed to place 6th overall and earn All-New England honors at the New England Championship race, which was held at Noble and Greenough on November 9th. The boys will look to build upon their strong performances this year, and many will continue their training as they look towards the track season in the spring. Meanwhile, the girls’ cross-country team also enjoyed a tremendous fall season. They were the winners of many invitational meets they attended this fall and returned to Suffield with a winner’s plaque on many occasions. The girls routinely had multiple runners finish within the top 10 and finished their season 4-0, heading off to the New England meet alongside the boys. There, they took home 6th overall, with special mention to Jenna Daly ’21 and Brynn Bergin ’22, both of whom earned All-New England Honors The girls' field hockey team had an improved season—finishing 8-9-1—an improvement from their previous season’s record. The girls played a strong season and the vast majority of their games had a close score. Of their nine losses, five were decided by only one goal, highlighting their strong efforts this season. The girls ended the season strong, with a 2-1 win over Kingswood Oxford. With many players returning, the program will surely develop and improve further in the coming seasons.

    The boys’ varsity soccer team has built tremendously on last year’s 7-8-2 season. With 9 returning starters and the additions of Drew Serafino ’21 and Tsenu Erkailo ’20, the boys have stormed to a record of 13-5, earning them the number three seed in the New England Class B postseason tournament. The season was highlighted by several strong defensive performances from the backline, as well as bundles of goals provided by the talented attack. The boys hosted Brooks School on Wednesday, November 13th New England Championship tournament in a heartbreaking 1 – 3 loss.

    The girls’ soccer team enjoyed a similarly successful season, finishing regular season play with a record of 13-3-1. The girls entered the playoffs on the backs of a six-game winning streak, earning the number three seed alongside the boys’ team. Something to note is this is the third straight season the girls have earned a playoff berth. The girls' triumphed over number six seed Berkshire on Wednesday, November 13th. While they lost in the New England seminal to Brooks on penalty kicks, the girls are poised for another great season next fall. 

    The Suffield Academy football team has pieced together a tremendous season, remaining undefeated at 8-0 in the regular season. As they approached their bowl game against Avon Old Farms on Saturday, November 16th, this was their best record since 2013. The team was led by seniors Justin Barron, Jaden Dotting, and Tyler Vandyke, who will be heading off to Syracuse, Penn State, and the University of Miami respectively come next fall. They won their bowl game against Avon Old Farms, finishing 9-0, on Saturday, November 16th; this was their best record since 2013.

    The girls’ volleyball team felt the loss of six seniors from last season but still came out of the season with a winning record. They ended the season 9-8, with a strong 3-0 win on a senior day over Miss Hall’s School. They put in a great performance this season, and will undoubtedly come back next year and prove themselves to be skilled athletes once again.


Sports’ Spotlight: Boys’ Varsity Waterpolo

Article: Mason Kumiega ’21 | Photo: Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, P’18, ’22 
In the photo from left to right 
Back row: Coach Powers, Oliver Roberts ’22, Tyler McLaughlin Darcy ’22, Charles-André Robert ’21, Neil Budge ’21, Ben Bryan ’21,
Theo Bass ’22, Coach Lowe   Middle row: Tyler Cooper ’22, Martin Delevic ’22, Marco Secchiaroli ’20, Brett Smith ’20, Oscar Ceria ’20,
Connor Booth ’23   Front row: Thomas Bowers ’22, Max Henderson ’22, James Muslu ’21, Will Kainen ’22, Mikey Ford ’20

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  • The Suffield Boys’ Water Polo team had a strong season this fall, finishing with a winning record and placing fourth in the New England Tournament. The team experienced a change in coaching staff this season with Coach Powers stepping up to the position of head coach. Coach Powers has been coaching water polo since his days as a Suffield student, and he says that the experience definitely proved beneficial throughout the trials of the season. He claims that “the coaching aspect” is something that he has always had, but the season provided some difficulty for him as a coach. “The hardest part,” he says, “was the heat of the moment and calling timeouts.”   
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    Despite these challenges, however, Coach Powers believes that learning how to make decisions in the heat of the moment ultimately improved his coaching over the course of the season. Coach Powers also described Coach Lowe as having “a wealth of expertise” and believes that Coach Lowe’s experience helped elevate his own coaching. He notes Coach Lowe as being particularly effective with helping the players improve individual skills while he focused more on “big-picture strategy.” As coaches, both Coach Powers and Coach Lowe complimented each other and were able to effectively coach as one unit in order to help the players improve both individually and as a team over the course of the season.

    There were a lot of new faces on the roster this year, as twelve players were entirely new to the team. Because of this, Coach Powers believes that now, with a solid first season, many of these new players will take on larger roles within the team and will allow the team to be in a better position going into the New England Tournament next year. This season’s starting lineup consisted primarily of the five returners from last season: Brett Smith ’20, Marco Secchiaroli ’20, Oscar Ceria ’20, Neil Budge ’21, and Oliver Roberts ’22. Ben Bryan ’23 and Charles-André Robert ’21 were two new additions to the starting lineup, and Coach Powers noted that their contributions to the team were immeasurable. “Charles, in his offensive play, and Ben, as both the point-man and a strong defensive force, added a huge depth to the team.” In the New England Tournament against Andover, Brunswick, and Loomis, Ben totaled 10 steals, 3 goals, and 7 assists throughout the tournament. Charles’s performance this season was also extremely valuable to the team, as he now holds the Suffield all-time scoring record, having beaten the previous record of Evan Ciecimirski ’10, which was set ten years ago. Both players were important for the team’s success this season.

    The team itself was also not without its respective difficulties. Coach Powers described the team as being consistently strong in the first half, but on some occasions, the second half proved to be a challenge. The team’s strong offense often helped them handle tough second-half situations, but there were some occasions where the team could not fend off their opponent’s comeback. He commented that “there were two cases this year where teams made a comeback, and it made it tough for everyone on the team.” Coach Powers acknowledged the increased pressure in these situations and how it forced both himself and the team to adapt to the particular circumstances.

    He mentioned the importance of strategy, but he emphasized how flexibility within that strategy is paramount. “One of the most important things is learning how to adapt to the team you’re playing. You already have your strategy, but every team has its weaknesses and its strengths, and it’s really about learning how to adjust to how a team plays.” Coach Powers believes that the team’s readiness to adapt is what helped them to achieve a solid record of 13-7 this fall. Both his readiness to change strategy and the team’s collective adaption to unique situations certainly worked in their favor during tough games.

    The hardships of the season paid off. Coach Powers was very pleased with the overall season and believes that it was a great start to his tenure as the head coach of Varsity Water Polo. “I had so much fun,” he said. “We had a great group of guys, and overall it was a fantastic experience.”
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