February 2018 Bell

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Battle of the Bands: Lip Sync Edition 


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March Break Adventures

Article: Gabriella Tosone ’20 & Michaela Domino ’20

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Flu Outbreak 

Article: Devina Bhalla ’18 | Photo: Sarah Swanson ’18

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Behind Telethon 2018

Article: Megan Swanson ’21  |  Photos: Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, P’18

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  • As winter term comes to a close and March Break approaches, community members are hard at work preparing for the annual telethon. This year’s event will take place on March 1 and it will feature brand new acts and videos, as well as some tried and true favorites. It is the most important night for raising both funds and awareness for this year’s charity, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.   
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    This event requires help from every community member as it is livestreamed to parents, family members, and alumni across the globe. Student council members have been brainstorming and recruiting classmates to participate in the night for months. Numerous students and faculty members are preparing their acts, and others have already volunteered their time to answer the phone calls with donations. The technology department is often overlooked, but without their hard work, the telethon wouldn’t even be livestreamed. School president Michael Robidoux ’18 believes that “planning telethon is very much a team effort and in order to make it a successful event, we must all work as a team and make sure that we all play a part, know our parts, and do our part to make it happen.” All the contributions from the community help to fill the night with a wide variety of videos and acts.

    When asked what makes it all worth it, he reflected that, “It makes me so happy to see how passionate so many students and faculty are about this event and how many people are willing to participate and come up with creative ideas. One of many examples of this happening is when Abby Fort came up to me about a video she wanted to make telling people that they were beautiful and capturing their reaction. I thought it was such a great idea and I was so glad to see how excited she was about making it.” Returning viewers will recognize the concept of this year’s “Spreading Kindness” video, and will get a kick out of new additions such as a video where students and faculty react to gross videos.

    While the event provides plenty of humor and entertainment for viewers, it also gives so much to the charity chosen by the school each year. The families of boys struggling with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and helping to fund one of the first gene therapy trials is really what is at the heart of this year’s events. Student council hopes to raise $30,000 of this entire year’s $50,000 goal on this night alone. With the continued support of the Suffield Academy community, this is surely a goal within our reach. Be sure to tune in on March 1 to see all of the hard work come to life!


Long Weekend in Review

Article & Photo: Sara Park ’20

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The Grounds Crew

Article: Mariia Kalacheva ’18  |  Photo: Juhi Rayonia ’18

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Winter Olympics 

Article: Gabriella Tosone ’20  |  Photo: AdAge

One of the most exciting things about the dreary winter season is the Winter Olympics, yet they seem to fly under the radar compared to the Summer Olympics. The winter season is a busy season for many, especially students, which is why it is harder to pay attention to the news on the Winter Olympics. In contrast, Summer brings free time to many, making stories regarding the games more popular and more frequently watched. In addition, a lot of the events in the Winter Olympics are less well known to viewers, making them less relatable. During the Summer Olympics, people are drawn to a greater variety of events that typically draw more attention from viewers. Whereas, in the Winter Olympics, the three main and most popular events are skiing, hockey, and figure skating. The winter season is the perfect time for watching movies, and for many of Suffield’s own students it is preferable to catch up on a Netflix show during free time rather than matching their schedules with the time the Olympic games are on. Despite this, there are many amazing athletes from countries around the world breaking records and having amazing performances during the Winter Olympics. Watching your country, whatever country that might be, being represented by these brave and talented athletes makes every Olympics a truly exciting event.


4 out of 414

Article: Sarah Swanson ’18  |  Photos: Audrey Arthur ’19
[Charlie Tilney-Volk ’19 / Michael Burch ’18 / Ramona Fontaine ’18 / Shaun Johnson ’18]

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Valentine's Day On Campus

Article: Caleigh Horrigan ’18
Senior Valentines: Bailey Hyland & Elias Smith and Michelle Kim & Yataro Makihara 

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  • For those with a significant other, Valentine’s Day is a time for this love to be celebrated and appreciated. However, one may wonder how high school students at a college preparatory boarding school are able to celebrate this holiday, especially given the rules and busy schedules that accompany life at Suffield Academy. I interviewed students in relationships on campus and asked them what their plans were for Valentine’s Day and what impact they thought being at Suffield had on these.  
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    Valentine’s Day plans varied from none to the grandest of gestures, and I found that this really came down to the ability to celebrate Valentine’s Day given students’ busy schedules. Leonard Hörmann ’18 revealed that because girlfriend Madi McCreesh ’19 had a sports game they were left unable to plan anything special for Valentine’s Day. However, as many students faced with this problem do, they opted for a heartfelt gift exchange in place of an extravagant date.

    Elias Smith ’18 also elaborated on the struggles of Valentine’s Day on campus and figuring out his plans with girlfriend Bailey Hyland ’18 explaining, “I think there’s a lot of pressure from outside people about what Valentine’s Day should be about, it’s no longer just about a nice date.” This feeling is definitely understandable given how public everything is within our small community. Celebrating this loving holiday can be a struggle when constantly under the scrutiny of peers. Nevertheless, Elias said he and Bailey would definitely exchange cards and spend time together this Valentine’s Day although he stated, “I would definitely be able to plan a way better date if I weren’t a boarder."

    A general consensus among students was that while being a boarder made celebrating Valentine’s Day difficult, day students were still free to leave campus to go out on a meaningful date. When interviewing Michelle Kim ’18 and Yataro Makihara ’18, Michelle stated, “It’s really hard to be a boarder for Valentine’s Day, it would’ve been better if it was on a weekend so boarders could sign out.” Having this holiday fall on a Wednesday certainly complicated things with sports schedules as well as heavy homework loads. Grace Caso ’21 corroborated this belief saying, “being a boarder makes Valentine’s Day harder but it doesn’t really change things for day students.”

    Despite all of the obstacles, love still prevailed on Suffield’s campus this year with some grand gestures that exemplified the spirit of Valentine’s Day. If you were in the union during this special holiday you may have spotted Tyler Sylvester ’20 presenting girlfriend Grace Caso ’21 with a giant stuffed teddy bear. Tyler revealed that the bear was over six feet tall and weighed 25 pounds! RJ Mhoon ’18 also went all out this year, waiting outside of girlfriend Aubrey Sanford’s dorm room with some of her favorite treats from Dunkin Donuts and a clever poster. Overall, while being at Suffield Academy can make it difficult for students to celebrate Valentine’s Day as freely as they would like, students still find a way to make the day special and express their love.

The Arts

Raising the Barre

Article: Juhi Rayonia ’18 | Photo: Sarah Swanson ’18

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"Long Sidewalks"

Written by Jack Wolfman ’21 | Photo: Molly Gotwals P’09

I am walking down this long sidewalk coated in snow lit by only a single lamp across the street. My phone reads “11:37 pm,” I’m late. I zip up my coat a bit more, adjust my bag, and trudge on. Walking down this narrow path I hear friendly voices and loud laughter from both the dark corridors and light windows surrounding me. But I am late, I cannot stop. I pass a parked car in the otherwise empty lot. It’s windows are up and it’s wipers are down, stupid. The snow now muffling the sounds of laughter from before. I see the smoke from the fortress like dorms, finally. The path has almost ended. I think about taking my uncomfortable shoes off once I’m inside as I listen to the snow crunch under them, and then snow crunch underneath another pair of shoes. Somebody has joined me on the long sidewalk. Having already been late and curiosity getting the best of me, I stop and turn. The street lamp once guiding my way has faded into the distance and I am left with the silhouette of a lone figure a ways behind me. They too stop to look through the windows of the now insignificant car. They pivot their head to keep walking but stop, and are now looking at me.

Checking my watch, it is now 11:45 pm. Two strangers stare at each other on the long sidewalk. I’m tempted to speak but the silence is too beautiful. For what feels like an eternity neither one of us moves nor speaks nor questions the identity of the other in the slightest. We both seem content not ever knowing who the other is, yet seem more than happy sharing such an intimate moment with a stranger. Feeling my uncomfortable shoes once more, I’m tempted to turn away. As I consider moving onwards, the stranger does exactly that. I watch them walk away for a moment before quickly walking back to my dorm. I take off my shoes, put down my bag, undo my coat before crawling into bed to stare at the ceiling and think. Not about who they were or why it happened, but of why I couldn’t have just stood a little bit longer on the long sidewalk.


Invitational Eleven Dive Meet

Article: Nicole Lee ’19 | Photos: Erica Picciotto Zanussi

On January 26, Suffield hosted its diving invitational. Mrs. Picciotto, head diving coach, said, “The Suffield Invitational is an 11-dive, championship-style meet with athletes competing two dives of each category of dive (forward, back, inward, reverse and twist) with one extra dive of any category.” Along with Suffield, schools like Choate Rosemary Hall, Williston Northampton school, Wilbraham and Monson Academy, and Christian Heritage School participated in the event. It was a long meet and lasted for two and a half hours. “The winners of the meet were Kobe Tray from Choate, who broke the Suffield Academy pool record, and Emily LaRoque from Christian Heritage school. They scored 540.25 and 437.35 respectively,” said Coach Picciotto. Along with the winners, several Suffield divers broke the school record. Carlin Molander and Emma Krasemann each scored 397.6 and 390.1, breaking the previous school record of 359.45. All three Suffield male divers also broke the 11-dive school record, which was 398.35. Charlie Tilney-Volk scored a 486.05, Alec Wright scored a 474.8, and Kevin Kuzmeski scored a 405.4. This continues the diving teams record-breaking season as they have been breaking records since December. Coach Pichiotto added, “The Invitational is a fun opportunity for divers to get practice with the 11-dive format early in the season before the big end-of-season meets like Bud Erich's and New Englands.” Suffield has an incredible, all-star diving team this year, and it will be exciting to see what they accomplish and what records they break at New Englands!


Squash Championship Competitions

Article & Photo: Kate Rookey ’18 

Competing in New England’s is an exciting experience for all athletes. Making it to the tournament proves that all of the hard work put in at practice throughout the season has paid off. This winter, all of Suffield’s varsity teams will be competing for a chance to win a NEPSAC or CT State title. After having competed in New England’s in squash since freshman year, Tori Tryon ’18 recalls that her favorite memory was her freshman year when, “[Her] sister Emma (ranked number one in her junior year) had an amazing match at Choate. We were in the A division, and she played one of her hardest matches versus a girl on the Windsor team. It was amazing to watch with our whole team cheering her on.” This year Tori has been leading the team in the number one position and is looking forward to competing in the tournament later this winter. The team is competing in the C Division this year, and Hattie Bauchiero ’18 says, “Based on our high level of competition, and our past experiences of the rigor at the B tournament in previous years, I think we will do very well in the Cs. There’s a lot of talent, heart, commitment on this team, and I believe because of this we have the ability to place very high.” These are just a few perspectives on competing for a championship. As you get ready for March break, be sure to check in and see how each team ends up finishing in New England’s! 

super bowl

Super Bowl LII

Article: Mia D’Angelo ’19 | Photo: Alpha Sports Betting

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