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January 2018

NEWS

A Brighter Morning!

Article by Katherine Schmitz ’19 | Photo by Gabriella Tosone ’20

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Memorial Construction

Article & Photos by Nicole Lee ’19

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  • This past spring, Suffield took an important step in its campus master plan. Memorial, the oldest building on campus, was taken down for a renovation. There was a sense of excitement among students and faculty members for the big step that Suffield was taking. Right after graduation, the building was closed and the process began. When students came back in September, they noticed a significant change in the building. Everything except the front façade was gone and some of the paths to Holcomb and the library were blocked. 
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    Students were also surprised by the speed of its progress. According to Mr. Booth, the most important and time-consuming job, moving the cables that were below Memorial, was done over summer. The building now has most of its basic structure built, including fireproof features. Mr. Booth said that they are relieved, because they are now able to direct their own destiny and things are coming under control.

    Mr. Booth added that the process is very interesting. The original building was built 150 years ago; its basic structure only consisted of bricks. Therefore, they had to dig out the base and reconstruct it with cement and steel. It is going to be a steel structure building covered with old bricks. This process will give the building antiqueness that will match with other parts of our campus while providing it a strong structure.

    There was a concern about the construction due to the brutal blizzard that came by on January 7th. However, the construction has not had any issue with keeping up with the fast pace of the plan. Mrs. Yeager said, “despite a blizzard and record setting cold temperatures, the Memorial construction project is on schedule. We are moving forward with our planning to be in the building for the start of school next fall. Once the outside walls and roof are done, the inside construction moves fairly quickly.”

    The new features of the building are now visible in the construction site. The building is going to have wider staircases with windows. In addition to wider staircases, Memorial is going to have an elevator and large classrooms. Mr. Booth and Mrs. Yeager have focused on dedicating the rooms with best views as classrooms. Therefore, most of the classrooms will be facing the academic quad and the hill, which generates great scenery.

    Recently, the school has visited a furniture factory to find the best furniture for students. They had five sample desks and chairs put in Brodie 107, where Mr. Sullivan usually teaches. “So far, student reviews are very positive,” says Mrs. Yeager. Mike Guigliano, a student in Mr. Sullivan’s English 3 Honors class, had a privilege of experiencing the desk. He asserted, “the desk and the chair are very customizable. I can adjust their height as I want to. The desk provides a very large space that can fit everything I need for the class.” Mrs. Yeager also added that students appreciate the flexibility. According to Mrs. Yeager, “the desks also have a ‘fidget’ bar- a mechanism built in for student to swing their feet while at the desk.”

    Memorial, which will soon feature improved indoor and outdoor features, is a source of great excitement among students and teachers. Many seniors have expressed their disappointment in not being able to use the building after the construction is over next fall. Suffield will once again advance further with the new Memorial and Brodie Hall renovations. This construction undoubtedly represents huge progress for Suffield and we should make sure to thank everyone involved in it.  

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Tigers Take on the Amazing Race

Article by Megan Swanson ’21 | Photo by Juhi Rayonia ’18

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FEATURES

Seven Things to do in Suffield during the Winter

Article by Caleigh Horrigan ’18 | Photo by Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, P’18

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Peeking into the Past

Article by Devina Bhalla ’18 | Mrs. Cleary Portrait by Tobye Cook Seck ’88, P’16

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New Year's Resolutions

Article by Michaela Domino ’19 | Photo by Sarah Swanson ’18 / Video by Mary Mitchell ’10

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Suffield Slips

Article by Gabriella Tosone ’20 | Photo by Sarah Swanson ’18

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4 out of 414

Article & Photos by Pat Cordes ’18

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  • With the New Year upon us, I decided to ask RJ Mhoon ’18, Maddie Gerwe ’19, Annie Daramola ’20, and Nick Kannenberg ’21 their new goals, plans, and general feeling on a midpoint check-in. Here is what a few classmates had to say.
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    RJ Mhoon ’18
    Q: With the new year now here, what are some of your New Year’s resolutions?
    A: My biggest resolution is to be the best friend and boyfriend for the rest of the year. My time is limited in high school so I want to impact as many people as possible.
     
    Q: Looking back at the past year what were some of the highlights?
    A: My biggest highlight has to be the musical. That was the most fun I’ve had all year. Coming together with a group of people to put on a performance like that was extremely enjoyable.
     
    Q: How would you spend a snowy Headmasters Holiday?
    A: I would most likely spend it catching up on my favorite anime shows.
     

    Maddie Gerwe ’19
    Q: With the new year now here, what are some of your New Year’s resolutions?
    A: My New Year’s resolution is to stop stressing and just let life be life. Also, be more direct and work on my communication techniques.
     
    Q: How would you spend a snowy Headmasters Holiday?
    A: I would try to catch up on all the sleep I have missed.
     
    Q: Anything fun planned for long weekend, or possibly March break?
    A: For long weekend and March break I'm spending my time touring colleges in the south and in California.
     

    Annie Daramola ’20
    Q: With the new year now here, what are some of your New Year’s Resolutions?
    A: I hope to keep succeeding in all areas of school. I also wish to have more fun and live in the moment as sometime it can slip away.
     
    Q: Looking back at the past year what were some of the highlights?
    A: I had many firsts this including going sledding down bell hill for the first time, meeting new people, going to different amusement parks and riding rollercoasters, and playing volleyball.
     
    Q: How would you spend a snowy Headmasters Holiday?
    A: I would wake up, well rested, then go outside and go sledding. After I would try to catch up on any work and try to get ahead for the week. I would then "attempt" catch up on work.
     
    Q: Anything fun planned for long weekend, or possibly March break?
    A: For March break, I'm going to Croatia with the school. I have never gone before so I am very excited!

     
    Nick Kannenberg ’21  
    Q: With the new year now here, what are some of your New Year’s resolutions?
    A: I really want to get out more, and really enjoy the winter here in Suffield and make the best of the snow before it is summer again.
     
    Q:Looking back at the past year what were some of the highlights?
    A: The highlights of my last year would definitely be the first day when we got into groups based on grade and played the minute-to-win-it challenges. I also loved the Color Wars.
     
    Q: How would you spend a snowy Headmasters Holiday?
    A: I would spend the day-off sledding down Bell Hill, and making snowmen.

EDITORIALS

The History of Orientation

Article & Videos by Sarah Swanson ’18

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THE ARTS

Rolling Stones, The Beatles, or Suffield's Finest

Article by Isabella Attianese ’18 | Photos by Juhi Rayonia  ’18

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Those Forgotten

Poem by Reagan Russell ’21 | Photo by Molly Gotwals P’09

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Preview of the Spring Play

Article by Juhi Rayonia ’18

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SPORTS

Girls' JV Basketball

Article by Kate Rookey ’18 | Photo by Juhi Rayonia  ’18

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