February 2019 Bell

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Editorials»   The Patriots Win  ∞  MLK Day
Features»   4 out of 420: Four Tigers from Tropical Climates  ∞  The Amazing Race
The Arts»   H.I.W.A.
Sports»   Boys’ Varsity Basketball  ∞  SA Wrestling Team  ∞  Ski Team Success


Students Support TeamBrent

Article: Will Schmitz ’21  |  Video: Elm Piyasombatkul ’21

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  • On Thursday, January 10, Suffield Academy students came out to support the school charity, TeamBrent, which partners with St. Baldrick’s to fight childhood cancer. Nine students and one faculty member volunteered to shave their heads in an effort to raise money.  » read more

    Students Frankie Pisco ’22, Jack Lynam ’22, Mason Kumiega ’21, Leighton Lee ’21, Joe Rusnock ’21, George Bauer ’21, Will Schmitz ’21, Nate Rouette ’21, and Ari Shah ’20 volunteered and Dean of Students, Greg Lynch, was the sole faculty member. Ari Shah ’20 came out on top with the most money raised. She raised over $1,000 herself. Before the actual event, volunteers were given sponsor sheets to raise money. Other students, faculty members, or family could then sponsor them with a donation under their name. The head shaving took place in front of the entire student body, during sit down lunch. The volunteers took before and after headshots, and then proceeded to the stage at the back of the dining room. Student Body Vice President, Jason Choi, and faculty member Thomas Foote were responsible for shaving the heads.

    By the end of the day, the 10 volunteers had raised over $4,000 for TeamBrent – by any measure a successful fundraiser. This fundraiser got the whole school involved and reminded everyone what our school charity is all about – helping to fight childhood cancer. Many of the volunteers remarked that shaving their head is a small price to pay considering what they are raising money for. Personally, I found it to be a really meaningful experience, and it reminded me of everything these kids are going through. In addition to the many challenges they face, these children do not get to choose whether they will lose their hair. When people ask me why my head is shaved, I am able to educate people on the foundation and why it is so important to so many kids.


The Patriots Win

Article: Gabriella Tosone ’21  |  Photo: Getty Images

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  • Super Bowl Sunday comes at a convenient time for Suffield every year. Long weekend at Suffield is always the first weekend of February and al football fans to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday without worrying about school the following day.  » read more

    This year, football fans got together to watch the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams compete in the final game of the season. In a game that many of Suffield’s community have described as uneventful and less exciting than desired, many of our community’s biggest Patriots fans still enjoyed watching the game. The Super bowl is an event that even people who aren’t huge football fans tune into experience the event. Liv Marcyoniak ’20 says that she’s not “a super big football fan,” but she did watch the game. She went on to say that she is “a big New England sports fan so any championship won is exciting even though the game was a little boring”. This is a popular opinion for Patriots fans across the board.

    Liv says that she “would rather it be like that than a nail biter” and many of New England’s fans agree with this statement. Many of Suffield’s die-hard Patriots fans attended the Patriots parade to continue the celebration and excitement. Suffield’s New England Patriots fans returned happy and proud at the resume of classes on Tuesday. The Patriots’ victory unites both New England and many of Suffield’s students.



Article: Reagan Russell ’21  |  Photos: Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, P’18, ’22

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4 Out of 420: Four Tigers from Tropical Climates

Article: Sarah Kurbanov ’21  |  Photos: Elm Piyasombatkul ’21

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  • With the cold and snowy depths of New England winter upon us, the Suffield Academy students and faculty are doing all they can to keep warm during these snowy months. I decided to check in with four international students from the hottest climates, Marwan El-Bendary ’21, Becca Matalon ’18, Amethyst McKenzie ’21, and Samantha Sollinger ’22 to find out their insights on the cold weather.  » read more

    Marwan El-Bendary ’21 is a sophomore from Cairo, Egypt. Egypt is warm all year round, and the temperature can rise to an impressive 122°F during the summer. Marwan attended boarding school in New England before starting school at Suffield Academy, so he has already experienced two New England winters. However, he articulates that it only seems to get colder every day. Marwan says that he does not enjoy the cold weather and is not yet accustomed to seeing snow outside of his window when he wakes up in the morning. He explains that waking up in the morning is a downside to the cold weather, as “It’s very difficult to get out of your warm bed to change to go to school.” However, he remarks that the world looks much better when covered in snow. Marwan’s advice to anyone from a warm place coming to New England during the winter is “never underestimate the cold” and always dress warmly to prevent from falling victim to sicknesses going around campus.
    Becca Matalon ’18 is a senior from Kingston, Jamaica. In Jamaica, the climate is tropical, and it is hot all year round. In Kingston the temperature can rise to 86°F in January. Becca has lived in Jamaica all of her life and had never seen snow before coming to Suffield. She says: “I heard from my family and friends back home that I was in for a rude awakening, and as the weather crept up on me my freshman year, I did not understand how I was going to get through the next couple of years.” Becca says that throughout her four years at Suffield the cold and the snow have never been easy to bear, but spending time with her friends and staying busy is the way that she distracts herself. She expresses that for her, returning to school in January after spending time at home over winter break is the most difficult time on campus. However, Becca explains that even though she misses the warm weather back home in Jamaica, one upside that the abundancy of snow allows for is the fun activities such as sledding down bell hill.
    Amethyst McKenzie ’21 is a sophomore from St. James, Barbados. Barbados is generally very warm and sunny all year long with an average high of 86°F. Amethyst was born in Europe and lived there when she was younger, so she was not completely foreign to snow, but she says living on an island for most of her life made her sensitive to the cold. Upon arriving to Suffield, Amethyst was most surprised by the lack of sunlight, as she is used to feeling the shining sun during the day in Barbados. Amethyst says that she tries to keep an optimistic view and “think of how much colder it could be.” She adds that one thing that especially helps her survive the cold weather is thoughts of the warm weather back home. She comments that “I think that always thinking about home makes me almost imagine the sun on my skin.” Even though Amethyst finds the cold winter winds uncomfortable, she says that the beauty of the snow and her love for winter activities, such as skiing and sledding, allows her to be optimistic about it. Amethyst advises to stock up on lots of winter clothing such as coats, scarves, mittens and hats if you want to survive a New England Winter. She assures that with the right winter clothing and an optimistic outlook, “anyone can have a really enjoyable winter.”
    Samantha Sollinger ’22 is a freshman from Baie Longue, St. Martin. St. Martin has a tropical climate, with the average annual temperature at about 80°F. Samantha expresses that she is not used to having to bundle up in warm clothing and that she misses being able to wear lighter clothing and footwear. However, she says that she enjoys some elements that go along with the cold weather, such as drinking hot chocolate and being able to watch children from the town of Suffield enjoy sledding down Bell Hill. She also explains that listening to music transports her back home and helps her bear the wind and the snow, and adds that “throughout the winter I walk around with my headphones blaring either soca, dancehall, or reggae music, and try to convince myself that the snow is sand.” Samantha’s advice for surviving a winter in New England is to acquire a warm jacket and that “fuzzy socks are key!”


Brodie Hall and Memorial Building

Article & Photo: Audrey Arthur ’19

I sat down with the recently retired Amazing Race legend, Mr. Foote, to discuss his shocking absence from this year’s competition. He expressed the upmost admiration towards the competition and everyone who has been involved with it, especially his past partners Jonah Perry ’17 and Kevin Kuzmeski ’18. Although he truly has fun competing in the Amazing Race, this year the time commitment of the race is too significant for Mr. Foote considering he is getting married this June. He told me that the next about one-hundred days “have to be dedicated to [his] wedding.” Although Mr. Foote may not have the time to participate in the Amazing Race this year, that does not mean he did not have time to reminisce about his favorite Amazing Race moments over the last couple of years. Mr. Foote highlights the show’s variety of challenges requiring varying knowledge and skill such as problem solving, speed, and teamwork, as his favorite aspect of it. The American themed challenge for the season finale his first year was his favorite for all the prior mentioned reasons. The challenge’s combination of history trivia, hotdog eating, message decoding and more required him and his partner to utilize their combined skills cooperatively. Mr. Foote noted that they could not have won that challenge without working with each other. Mr. Foote also described two very difficult challenges; one requiring him to carry Jonah to Fuller Hall from the softball field and the other requiring him to use yarn to recreate a pattern which lasted well into study hall. I asked Mr. Foote if he would ever consider returning to the competition and he made clear that he could not promise anything but “if the opportunity were to arise, [he would] compete with his life partner.” What is the best piece of advice Mr. Foote can give to future Amazing Race competitors? To make sure they can trust their partner and have each other’s back. As a visual representation of this crucial teamwork, he referenced a viral video of an UCLA basketball player holding his teammate’s chin up.

The Arts

Art Show: H.I.W.A.

Article: Michaela Domino ’20  |  Photos: Audrey Arthur ’19

Every student at Suffield Academy is involved in the arts somehow due to the requirement of having at least one art credit by graduation. But for those who decide to make it a continuous part of their life at Suffield Academy, there are special perks. One of which is the opportunity to put on your own either visual arts or performing arts show illuminating your talent. For the student intricately involved in the visual arts, they choose a few pieces of their art to put on display for a few weeks for their peers and classmates to go check out in the evenings. Having the chance to exhibit your work for those you care about in a formal setting is a very special opportunity. In the next few weeks there is a very special show coming to the art center, called H.I.W.A. This show is so unique due to the fact that it is not just one artist’s work on display but four different artists showcasing four different mediums.

The four students who are displaying their work are Hana Stern, Izzy Dutrinoit, Will Hunnewell and Audrey Arthur. These four seniors have been in the art program for a long time at Suffield Academy and are honored to be taking part in a show that can show the community so many different forms in which an artist can express themselves. Hana and Will work in ceramics, Izzy creates pieces in the fine art genre and Audrey works with photography and screen printing. These four mediums each create exceptionally different material to give the viewers different viewpoints. One of the four seniors, Audrey, said that they “Tried for a while to find a common theme but found that our ideas were just a bit too different in the best way possible and there was no way to completely express each individual’s ideas without suppressing them a little bit by altering them to fit the other’s pieces” and that is just not what you want at an art show. Due to this lack of wanting to settle, the final product is just the raw artwork that these four incredibly talented creators have produced, and whether you find a common theme to it or not is up to you own interpretation. 


Boys' Varsity Basketball

Article: Claudia Carey ’21  |  Photos: Stanley Huang ’20

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SA Wrestling

Article: Jenna Daly ’21  |  Photos: Julia Laquerre ’21

With only one home meet, Suffield’s wrestling team has been on the road for the majority of the winter. Their home meet drew a large crowd of parents, teachers, and students as the Suffield Tigers faced off against Avon Old Farms. Unable to secure a win as a team, special highlights included Kechaun Bennett ’21, Luis Perez ’20, and Peterson Monexant ’20 all taking down their opponents with impressive technique.

Coaches Mr. Banks, Mr. Nulan, and Mr. Yotka will lead the team of 19 into Western New England Championships with a record of 5-8. The team captured second place at their first meet, the Skiff Mountain Scuffle at Marvelwood. Many wrestlers are looking to place well in Western New England’s and advance to New England Championships. After the season concludes, three wrestlers will complete their wrestling careers at Suffield. Jack Ballato ’19, Luca Pirondini ’19, and Jesse Polansky ’19 will be graduating and leaving the younger Tigers to dominate the wrestling mat, one take-down at a time.


Ski Team Success

Article: Will Schmitz ’21  |  Photos: Cole Vandevanter ’22 and Will Schmitz ’21 

This winter, the ski team and Coach Cahn are looking to build on an impressive undefeated season, 13-0, from last year. Additionally, they were Brigham Ski League Champions. This winter, new things are happening. For the first time in history, Suffield is fielding an independent girls’ team within the Brigham young ski league. Traditionally, Suffield fields a co-ed team. The tigers started the season strong, winning their first race of the year, a giant slalom, at Ski Sundown. The boys team won first overall, on the back of strong performances from many racers. Jack Cobb ’20 won first out of all seventy-two varsity racers, with Ben Warner ’22 finished right behind in second place. Rounding out the top ten, the tigers had Ethan Ash ’20 in sixth, Jason Choi ’19 in eighth, and Jack Fletcher ’22 in tenth. Overall it was an impressive day for the boys’ team, with strong performances from some young newcomers. On the girls’ side the tigers were strong as well, placing third overall and first among all the girls’ teams. Junior Lexi Roberts placed fifth, followed by freshman Sarah Dale in sixth. It was a great start to the season for the team as a whole. In the second race of the year, the tigers travelled to Catamount Mountain for an event hosted by Berkshire. Once again, Jack Cobb ’20 placed first, with Jack Fletcher ’22 in sixth. The boys took home first overall, while the girls placed fourth, and second among girls’ teams. The season is looking to be an exciting one for both teams.
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