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October 2017


Dream On

Article: Caleigh Horrigan ʼ18  |  Photo: Pat Cordes ʼ18

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A New Face in the Kitchen

Article & Photo: Pat Cordes ʼ18

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Grandparents’ Day

Article: Kate Rookey ′18  |  Photo: Hillary Rockwell Cahn ′88, P′18, ′22

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Harvey and Irma

Article: Nicole Lee ʼ19  |  Photos: The Associated Press & Getty Images

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  • This past August and September were difficult months for Southern states because of two Atlantic hurricanes: Harvey and Irma. Hurricanes are only considered major hurricanes once they reach scale 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, so both were the first major hurricanes in the Atlantic since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Each lasted for 17 days (Harvey: August 17-September 3Irma: August 30-September 15), but they affected different regions.   read more >>

    Hurricane Harvey was generated in the east of Lesser Antilles and became most destructive near Rockport, Texas; Irma developed near the Cape Verde Islands and progressed its way through Cuba and Florida.

    Once generated in the east of Lesser Antilles, Hurricane Harvey entered the Caribbean and began to weaken on August 19. Later, on August 24, it began to rapidly develop into a category 4 hurricane, and hours later it made landfall near the Southeastern Texas with winds up to 130 mph recorded on August 26. Three hours later, it made a second landfall, just a few miles away from Holiday Beach in Texas. Harvey caused 40-52 inches of rainfall in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana as well as flash flooding in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Kentucky. A state of emergency was issued for 30 counties on August 23 and an additional 20 counties on August 26. Moreover, seven additional counties were issued a mandatory evacuation. More than 300,000 people were left without electricity and 30,000 people were displaced. In addition, a total of 48,700 houses were affected with more than 1,000 houses completely destroyed. Oil and gas production in inland Texas and Gulf of Mexico was tremendously affected by the storms. Hurricane Harvey also flooded the metropolitan area of Houston with precipitation of 30 inches, ending the draught that has spanned 12 years. The total economic cost of the storm is estimated to be between 81 to 108 billion dollars.

    While Texas was suffering from the brutal attack of Hurricane Harvey, Florida was attacked by Hurricane Irma. Irma developed rapidly due to the tropical wave from western Africa. It reached category 6 on September 6. Irma made its first landfall at Barbua as a category 6 hurricane. It made additional landfalls at the Virgin Islands, Saint Martin, the Bahamas, and Cuba. It finally had its impact on Cudjoe Key, Florida on September 10 as a category 4 hurricane. Irma then progressed into Marco Island and Naples. Florida governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in Florida, and all schools in Florida Keys were mandated to close by September 6. All the state universities and schools were shut down, and 44 of 67 counties closed their schools and colleges. By the evening of September 8, the majority of the citizens of Florida had evacuated. 1,520,000 people were left without power across the state; moreover, the hurricane caused 102 deaths in total: 44 in the Caribbean and 58 in the United States. The total economic cost is estimated to be $50 billion.

    The two hurricanes were devastating events for the Southern states; however, with cooperation among various organizations and the government, these areas have been recovering well from the effects of the storms. If you would like to donate to hurricane relief, visit redcross.org/donations/ways-to-donate to see all the different ways you can help.


2017-2018 Community Charity

Article: Laurel Vardakas ’20  |  Photo: Sarah Swanson ’18

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Opening Doors to Future Tigers

Article & Photo: Megan Swanson ʼ21

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Home Is Where the Bell Rings

Article & Photo: Sarah Swanson ʼ18

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4 of 414

Article: Kate Rookey ’18  |  Photos: Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, P’18, ’22

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  • Peyton Beiter is a new junior day student from Suffield, CT and lives less than a mile from campus. Peyton decided to attend Suffield because of the endless opportunities it offers, from various extracurricular activities and sports to travel opportunities; Peyton was intrigued by the thought of exploring new things.   read more >>

    So far, Peyton’s favorite experience was preseason because it gave her the chance to meet new people and bond with the varsity volleyball team. Aside from volleyball, she is planning on playing lacrosse and participating in stage crew. Peyton feels that the welcoming community has made the transition much easier and is excited to see what the rest of the year will bring.
    Rikke Gunderson ’20 is a new sophomore from Norway. After only a few weeks in a new country and school, Rikke says that she is enjoying the year and is looking forward to improving her English skills and continuing to meet new people. In Norway, it is unusual for people to study abroad in high school, so her friends are family are very supportive of her decision to come to Suffield and admire her for taking this unique opportunity. Rikke has been a competitive dancer for the past 12 years and is very excited for the winter term so she can see what the dance program at Suffield is like. Rikke advises everyone to “Take a chance whenever you have one because you never know what you could be missing out on if you don’t.”
    Patrick Harding ’18 is a PG from Fairfield, CT who first heard about Suffield Academy when his cousin attended. Patrick chose Suffield because he found it to be a great fit academically and athletically; after visiting for the first time, he could easily see himself being a student here and loved the campus. Patrick’s main sport is basketball, and he is looking forward to the upcoming season. Being at Suffield has also allowed Patrick to try new activities such as acting. Mr. Dugan’s acting class has been his favorite experience so far because it is his first time acting; he has enjoyed it enough that he took the next step and auditioned and got a role in Hairspray.
    Will Schmitz ’21 is from Simsbury, CT. When he first visited Suffield, he was welcomed by the friendly students here and thought the classes were interesting and enticing. He is already looking forward to the activities that go on throughout the year because he has heard about them from his sister Katherine ’19. As a talented varsity soccer player. he really enjoys having Mr. Warren as a coach and has found all the returning players to be very welcoming. Although he is very focused on soccer, Will looks forward to trying different sports in the winter and spring seasons.


A Rafting Trip to Remember

Article: Megan Swanson ’20  |  Photo: Crabapple Whitewater Staff

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  • Each year, SOLO Director David Rockwell ’58, P’88, GP’18 leads and organizes a trip for the incoming freshman class to get away from school and have some fun bonding after a busy and tiring first week of classes. A group of faculty members joined the Class of 2021 on their retreat to Crab Apple Whitewater for a day of adventure. The company, located in Charlemont, Massachusetts, has been run by Jenn and Frank Mooney P’17 since 1983.   read more >>

    September 17 was a sunny and beautiful day for the freshman to embark on their journey down the Deerfield river with friends and faculty. When they arrived at the river, the rafters were supplied with life jackets, helmets, and paddles, and then split into groups of six to seven students, one faculty member, and one guide per raft. On their short bus trip to the start of their ride, their guides taught them all the basic commands they would need to follow and how to float in the river if they went for an accidental swim.

    Yet, the real fun was just about to begin. Once in the rafts were boarded and set into position, the students and faculty made their way through the rapids by working together and trusting one another. Exciting activities, such as optional swim points along the way and the challenges each group was offered, allowed everyone to mentally get away from their busy schedules and have a good time together. Besides going through rapids and rocks, such as the Lemon Squeezer, Gilligan’s Island, and Zoar Gap, everyone was offered a try at small challenges along the way. Rafters could choose to do things including “riding the bull” by sitting on the front of the raft and holding onto a rope, or balancing contests in which two riders stood on each end and tried to stay on while their group members spun the raft in circles. The guides were all genuinely interested in making the trip the best it could be and getting to know all the students and faculty members.

    After a fun ride with a brief stop for some lunch and homemade brownies halfway through, the groups came together for an entertaining slideshow of pictures that had been taken at the photo points along the trip. The bus ride back to Suffield Academy was filled with excitement and joy after a day that formed a community among the group of new freshmen. Their strong ability to work well together and communicate with one another was evident and will be fun to watch grow through their next four years together. It was a great way for everyone to get to know each other a little more, and it was a day that will be remembered by the Class of 2021 for years to come. 


Behind Brodie Hall

Article: Devina Bhalla ’18  |  Photo: Hillary Rockwell Cahn ʼ88, Pʼ18, ’22

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  • Suffield’s newest edition, Brodie Hall, has been getting a lot of attention lately. From the beautiful porches with incredible views to the air-conditioned, modern interior, it’s no wonder students and faculty are pleased with having classes in there. Yet, what deserves more attention is the story behind Brodie Hall and specifically behind its name, Brodie.   read more >>

    Suzy Vogler P’11 generously gave Suffield the opportunity to finish this part of the master plan. Mrs. Vogler, a current trustee, was recently on campus and therefore a dedication ceremony was held for Brodie Hall. While she was on campus, I enjoyed the pleasure of hearing her unique story and how Suffield brought Mrs. Vogler back to her roots.

    Mrs. Vogler, who at only a few months old had been abandoned in Gwanju, South Korea, was adopted from an orphanage in South Korea and brought to America by a loving and generous family in Woodstock, Illinois. Her parents, Don and Barb Brodie, already had three children, but saw Mrs. Vogler’s photo and immediately loved her and brought her into their family. Mrs. Vogler consistently remarks on how blessed and lucky she is to have had such incredible and caring parents. After high school, she went to the California College of Arts and Crafts and has lived in the Bay area since.

    When it came time for her son, Brodie, to look at high schools, Mr. and Mrs. Volger travelled with Brodie to the East Coast, and, through a secondary school placement director, found Suffield. Though for parents it is extremely difficult to send a child to a high school so far away, the challenging academic environment, strong community, and life skills Brodie could learn from living away made Suffield a perfect fit. From her first moment on campus to her most recent visit, she continues to be impressed by the “friendliness of the community and the confidence in the students within it.” Mrs. Vogler has always been extremely involved at Suffield, orchestrating the parent annual drive for many years before becoming a trustee.

    About three years ago, the Suffield community was able to further impact Mrs. Vogler’s life. She had always thought that she’d eventually go back to South Korea and try to find the orphanage. Yet, the years slipped by and she had yet to trace her roots. As Mrs. Vogler reflected, “Timing has a lot to do with our lives, and what is meant to happen, will happen when it happens.” Sure enough, the timing was right because as soon as Mrs. Volger reached out to Mr. Cahn about attending a reception in Seoul and discovering her history, Mr. Cahn was able to connect her with a Suffield parent, Tae Sok Park P’12. Mrs. Vogler was able to use Tae Sok Park’s connections in Korea to find her history, and in December 2014, she was in Korea, visiting the orphanage in Gwanju, South Korea through Tae Sok Park’s arrangement. Mrs. Volger was able to use the Suffield community to trace and discover her roots, to finally find “a piece of the puzzle of [her] life.” This representation of the depth and commitment of the Suffield community is paralleled in Mrs. Vogler’s generous commitment to our school, and Brodie Hall is just one representation of Suzy Vogler’s commitment to Suffield. She named the building after her parents because it was her parents who showed her the importance of giving back, and in this way Brodie Hall carries on their legacy.

    After seeing Brodie Hall for the first time, Mrs. Vogler remarked that Brodie is fantastic and is simply “one more thing that makes Suffield Academy, Suffield Academy.” Yet, it is not just the building itself that enhances Suffield; it is the generosity and example of our community’s commitment, found within the story of the name Brodie, that truly makes Suffield, Suffield. With committed and caring trustees like Mrs. Vogler, Suffield’s future looks bright.


Color Wars 2017

Article: Nicole Lee  |  Photos: Sarah Swanson ʼ18

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  • Each year, Suffield Academy’s student council hosts an event called the Color Course. The Color Course is the first official charity event. It consists of throwing paint, riding the slip and slide, and dancing. It usually takes place in November and a representative of the chosen charity also comes. All students are encouraged to participate and purchase paint to support the charity.   read more >>

    It used to be a simple event where students threw paint at each other; however, this year Michael Robidoux, the student body president, and Sarah Swanson, the representative of PPMD and school vice president, have decided to bring changes to the event. They renamed the event the Color Wars and have changed the entire format. Michael remarked, “We decided to take a different approach to this fundraiser this year because we are trying to capitalize on what makes this event so great and trying to focus on these aspects.” Each grade will gather in certain areas of academic quad and students will be able to purchase bags of paint that match the color assigned to their grade. Students will then wage a color “war,” throwing the paint at each other and at other grades in the center of the academic quad. After the paint fight, the slip and slide is going to open up in the center of the quad and students will be able to slide down the Bell Hill. In addition, there will be a tent installed at the bottom of the hill for the dance.
    The grade that buys the most paint will get a day out of dress code and will get to go up for food at lunch first.

    According to Michael,
    a conflict between the grades over who should get to go up to lunch first and the seniors trying to keep this privilege are going to be key themes of the event. He showed great confidence in the new form of the Color Wars. He asserted, “With the whole school’s participation we can make this event a lot of fun and it can also bring in a lot of money for the charity.” The goal of this event is to increase awareness that kids with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy cannot participate in events like Color Wars because they are in wheelchairs by the time they reach high school. It is important that students remember not to take the ability to run and have fun at events like these for granted! Michael added, “I expect a big turnout at this event and lots of participation. The success of the Color Wars revolves around our school’s enthusiasm and participation.”


Countless Steps

Article & Photo: Devina Bhalla ’18 

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Performing Arts Showcase

Article: Mariia Kalacheva ’18  |  Photo by Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, P’18, ’22

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Two Outlooks on the NFL and the National Athem

Matt Moryto ’18 vs. Mike Trevallion ’18  |  Photo: Chloe Thompson mcdanielfreepress.com

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  • In a new editorial column, The Political Action Club will be offering opinions on various topics from both a left and a right leaning perspective. Matt Moryto ’18 and Mike Trevallion ’18 each discuss their personal views on the NFL National Anthem controversy.   read more >>

    RIGHT: Matt Moryto ’18
    The National Anthem represents more than one’s abhorrence towards President Trump or supposed flaws in modern politics; it serves not only as reminder of those who fought and died for the country they loved, but also as a beacon of hope for many no matter their race or religion. While the NFL is associated with a history of bringing together Americans of all backgrounds by uniting them with a common goal, those who refuse to stand for the Anthem demonstrate disregard towards those who willingly make or made the greatest sacrifice to see America find success. Audience members attend football games to support their team of preference and participate in one of America’s most popular pastimes; they look forward to witnessing favorite players throw a ball, not toss out a political statement by disrespecting the nation as a whole. Stadiums are not the place for politics, and players alienate entire groups of people by straying from what they are paid millions to do. Using the First Amendment to protest the nation that provides them with that right is hypocritical.

    LEFT: Mike Trevallion ’18
    The recent NFL protests go to show how citizens enjoy their first amendment rights. While there is a valid argument that their acts disrespect and degrade the “American Ideal” of unity under the flag, The Constitution, none-the-less, guarantees them the right to protest in whatever non-violent way they wish. Furthermore, if the right to peaceful protest were not enough, the right of the players is further protected by the 1989 Supreme Court decision Texas v. Johnson which established citizen’s rights to protest through acts such as burning the flag. While neither the burning of the flag nor the kneeling during the national anthem are popular, unless the NFL establishes internal repercussions for kneeling the players cannot be prosecuted for anything.

The Arts

"Hairspray" Attracting a Massive Cast

Article & Photo: Isabella Attianese ’18 

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  • Every year Suffield Academy students take part in a musical, however, this year the student turnout is unlike anything the school has ever seen before. Typically, the cast consists of about 35 people, but this year we our count reached an extremely high 75 participants.   read more >>

    A large percent of the student body rushed into the auditions ready to be a part of the widely known musical Hairspray, and the impact this larger cast is making is already visible in rehearsals. Mr. Dugan explains how, “Everyone is pumping each other up during our runs, and it shows on stage! It makes rehearsals even more exciting, and it is a preview of the show that will be presented in December,” which illustrates how a bigger cast can make all the difference when it comes to energy and stage presence. However, with this monumental shift in numbers, challenges have emerged with scheduling and room on stage. With different athletic contests, meetings, and other clubs and organizations, it has become increasingly difficult for Mr. Dugan to schedule rehearsals that everyone can attend during the 6:00 to 8:00 pm time period. He says, “I work hard to try to avoid as many conflicts as possible, although sometimes it doesn't always work.”

    On top of this, it has been difficult to fit the entire cast onto the stage alongside the orchestra. However, the crew has been working hard to think of creative solutions to fit everyone on this, now somewhat cramped, stage!  Mr. Dugan says he is confident that these solutions will end up working and that he cannot wait to see the final result. Overall, the drastic change in numbers will be beneficial to the Suffield Academy theater program despite a few challenges that the hard work of the staff and crew will overcome. With an increase in numbers, there has been growth in support for the performing arts, which hopefully will continue into future years. The cast is excited to share all their hard work with the rest of the student body and hopes to persuade other students to become involved in the future.


On the Set

Article: Mariia Kalacheva ’18  |  Photos: Katherine Schmitz ’19 & Sarah Swanson ’18

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  • I remember first joining stage crew for the Winter Dance Show. Besides acquiring the ability to hold the spotlight without my hands shaking and the skills for using a drill, there was one thing I took from this experience: if you ever join stage crew, you will find out that there is a colossal effort put into every performance—’’effort that might sometimes goes unnoticed.   read more >>

    Hairspray is expected to be the most epic musical Suffield Academy has ever seen—more than a hundred people are involved in it; most of them are a part of the ensemble. It is a huge production, and a huge responsibility for those who are making the set for the musical. I decided to interview Mr. Caginalp, who, along with Mr. Butcher, is the head of the stage crew, to find out what he thinks about the production.
    What are your plans for the Hairspray set? Does this particular set seem to be harder to easier to make compared to the ones you have done before? Are there any things that will be different from what we are used to see on the PAC stage?

    Mr. Caginalp:  Every musical is hard because of all the scenes that have to take place. This musical is no exception. This set is part box set and part moving set. There will be some things that stay on stage the whole time, and some things that move in and out. There are more curtains to divide scenes this time than in other plays, and the crew is busy hanging pipes from the ceiling to make that possible. Tommaso (ʼ21) and Nora (ʼ21) have been at the ceiling on a scaffolding for about a week and a half working on securing the new pipes and curtain tracks. I am not sure that any set is ever easy, but this one is pretty normal in terms of difficulty for a musical.
    Could you describe for me the biggest challenges in making this set?

    Mr. Caginalp: I think the biggest challenge for any of our musicals is finding a place for all the actors on stage as well as a place for the orchestra. Last year for Sister Act the musicians were up on top of the set all the way in the back. This year they are hiding under part of the set. In addition, we have lots of actors on stage this year with a cast of around seventy people. Finding space for all those people, as well as set pieces to represent where they are, is a huge challenge on our relatively small stage.
    Are there any things in creating the set you feel particularly excited about?

    Mr. Caginalp:  The Hairspray set leaves a lot of fun pieces to be made, as well as having a particularly fun era as its backdrop. The signs and styles of 1960s are fun to work and play with. It was a time period where everything was big and colorful: signs were bursting their borders, and everything was over the top. It is fun to play in that time period. As for a specific piece of set, the giant hairspray can at the end is a staple of the show, and presents a very unique challenge to making the set. That is probably the piece that I am most worried about making, but also most excited to make.


Infinite Surfaces: Fine Art Faculty Exhibition

Article & Photos: Sarah Swanson ’18

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The PAC Supporting the PAC

Article & Photo: Isabella Attianese ’18

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Addicted to Football

Article: Nick Vardakas ’18  |  Photo: Audrey Arthur ’19

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  • As NFL football season is now in full swing, fantasy football has become a hit among football fans yet again. While many people who watch the NFL are merely casual fans, there are lots of dedicated fans that are soul-bonded with the sport and dedicate every waking moment to thinking about when their team’s next game is and how their team will fair in said game. Whether someone uses NFL fantasy, ESPN fantasy, or Yahoo fantasy for their choice of fantasy football host, all services work in nearly the same way.   read more >>

    For those who do not know, fantasy football is a game in which someone chooses players on different NFL teams to be on their “fantasy” team. Based on each player’s performance in their respective games, the player receives a certain amount of points that add together towards a team total. Each week members of a “league” play against each other and whoever has the most points wins. Most commonly, at the end of the season, whoever has the most wins in the league wins and usually collects a cash prize from other members of the league. One of the most distinct fantasy football leagues at Suffield Academy is a league called “The Dynasty” comprised of nine seniors and one junior. Members of the league include Mike Burch ’18, James Mignone ’18, Rory Tettemer ’18, Devon Loftus ’18, Chase Moran ’18, Sam Cuda ’18, Tim Casey ’18, Matt McCoy ’18, Carter Cousins ’19, and myself, Nick Vardakas ’18. Known as the most cut-throat and competitive league on campus, members of “The Dynasty” research and work hard to make sure their team is the best it can be. When asked why he enjoys fantasy football so much, Rory Tettemer ’18 said, “Each week I have something to look forward to on the weekend, whether it be the NFL game of my favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles, or watching the games that my players are playing in. It also helps that I am currently the number one player in the league.”

    There are many other leagues both on and off campus that members of the Suffield Academy community participate in as well. For example, Matt Keenan ’19 participates in a league of mostly juniors at Suffield Academy and says, “I have fun researching matchups and trading players to other members of the league in order to make sure my team is the best it can be.” Whether you are serious fan who watches every game or casual fan who enjoys the occasional football game, the arrival of football season each year is anticipated by many. As we approach the meat-and-bones of the NFL season in the upcoming weeks, many storylines about players and teams will emerge. Will your team be the team to beat this year? Who is the best team in the NFL? Will the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl two years in a row? All questions will be answered eventually, but be patient and enjoy football season while it lasts.


Volleyball and Coach Kidd

Article: Gabriella Tosone ’20  |  Photos: Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, P’18, ’22

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