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Pine Point School ViewPoints Summer/Fall 2010 Annual Report BOARD OF TRUSTEES ViewPoints PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL Alan Banister Peter Briggs Kevin Bowdler Searle Field Lou Doboe John Fiore Susan Funk, Vice President Susan Funk Paul Geise, Head of School Valerie Grimm Beth Gianacoplos, Vice President Dirk t.D. Held Linda Goddard, President Susanne Knisley Stephanie Gosselin, Secretary Marcia McGowan Christopher Hilton, Treasurer Kim Paddon W. Lee Hisle Ardice Perry Barbara Silver Holt Janie Stanley Norman Jason Karen Stone Chudy Nduaka Debbie O’Brien John Pereira Carla Petrocelli William Rolla Jennifer Schwindt Joseph Staley Marcy Withington, Treasurer CONTRIBUTORS Editor: David Hannon, Director of Development Assistant Editor: David Cruthers, Associate Director of Development Designer: Rosemary Robertson, Publications Coordinator Contributors: Van Brown, David Cruthers, Leslie Dameron, Julie Wright DelPrado ’89, Paul Geise, Tom Goehring ’77, David Han- non, Danica Mitchell ’06, Michael Petty ’64, Rosemary Robertson, Peter Smith ’03, Judy Toscano, and David Winans ’73 89 Barnes Road Stonington, CT 06378 860-535-0606 http://www.pinepoint.org firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Download a digital copy of the magazine at http://www.pinepoint.org/viewpoints. Features 2 Lessons I Learned This Summer Head of School Paul Geise reflects on his experience in Japan as a participant in the Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD (Education for Sustainable Development), administered by Ful- bright Japan. 6 Commencement 2010 Pine Point bid farewell to the six graduating members of the Class of 2010 while honoring those in the middle school who distin- guished themselves during the course of the year. 15 Commencement Address Long-time educator David Winans ’73 returned to campus to share his views on life and learning with this year’s graduating class. 18 Pine Point Mourns Passing of Loring M. Bailey Summer/Fall 2010 In mid-August, past parent Loring Bailey passed away. Ever devoted to Pine Point, he established an endowment fund in honor of his wife, Dot, with the largest bequest in the history of the School. 19 Alicia Russell Garden Realized The newest space on the campus honors a beloved past parent. 22 Lessons from Lewis and Clark For several years, Michael Petty ’64 has been retracing the path of two of our country’s most intrepid explorers. In so doing, Michael has found that there’s much for all of us to learn from their journey to the Pacific Ocean and back. 24 Just Out of Reach Julie Wright DelPrado ’89 took on the challenge of riding 270 miles in three days to support research on ALS. Like so many of the en- deavors we take on during the course of our lives, the journey’s im- pact was deeply meaningful. 26 Fiore Sabbatical Program Marks Fifth Year Fourteen members of the faculty have now participated in a program that has unquestionably strengthened teaching at Pine Point. This summer, Leslie Dameron and Judy Toscano respectively journeyed to France and Italy. Their experiences were both inspiring and renewing. 34 Parents’ Association Hosts Magnificent Gala The Gala at the Branford House had to be one of the most exciting nights in the history of the School; it certainly was one of the most profitable in terms of its support of the program at Pine Point. Annual Report 40 Donations Top $1 Million In an environment that remained challenging, the Pine Point family once again showed its devotion to the School by setting an Annual Fund record while also supporting a number of key areas within the School. Their commitment pushed giving totals over $1 million. Departments 51 Class Notes 63 Former Faculty and Staff Table of Contents: Last year, the 5th grade studied nebulae as part of their science curriculum and incorporated their knowledge into pastel paintings. From the top right, clockwise is the artistry of Brianna Seidel ’14, Julianna Rick ’14, Christopher West ‘14, Samantha Seymour ’14, Holly Gillespie ’14, and Julia Little ’14. Front cover: One of Loring and Dorothy Bailey’s most cherished possessions was the collection of their son’s medals. (Their only child, Loring “Ring” M. Bailey, Jr. ’59, died in Vietnam on March 15, 1970.) Loring spoke at the School’s Veteran’s Day assembly in November 2002. At that gathering, he and Dot presented to Pine Point their son’s military medals and his folded flag, assembled in a beautiful cherry case. The case, along with a painting of their son, is on permanent display in the L/TC. In August, Loring passed away, leaving a generous bequest to Pine Point honoring his beloved wife of sixty-six years. Lessons In March Head of School Paul Geise learned that he had been named as one of just forty-eight American edu- I Learned This Summer -Paul G. Geise, Head of School cators to participate in the Japan-U.S. In front of Kinkakuji Temple Teacher Exchange Program for ESD (Education for Sustainable Develop- ment), administered by Fulbright Japan. Jointly funded by the govern- ments of Japan and the United States, the program is designed to introduce Japanese and U.S. K-12 educators to each others’ cultures and education systems and to enhance sustainable development-related curricula in both nations. The program aims to increase awareness of ESD-oriented school programs and broaden a sense of in- terconnectedness between Japanese and U.S. educators in four areas of ESD focus: food and sustainable nu- trition; the environment; energy and resources; and international under- standing and cooperation. The pro- gram is administered by Fulbright Japan (the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission) with support from the Institute of International Education A mong the myriad transformative moments of my time, and that of my Fulbright col- leagues, this summer, our concluding meetings on July 4th were perhaps the most distinctive. Prior to our departure from San Francisco to Tokyo, as the Executive Direc- (IIE) in the United States and from tor of Fulbright Japan David Satterwhite overviewed our upcoming schedule of activities, the Asia/Pacific Cultural Center for a subtle but profound incongruity dawned upon me: On our celebrated day of independ- UNESCO (ACCU) in Japan. ence, I was joining 47 United States educators from 33 states and 48 Japanese educa- Shortly after graduation, Mr. Geise tors across nearly every prefecture in Tokyo to explore how the United Nations Decade headed to Japan for two weeks. Dur- of Education for Sustainable Development, with its focus on confronting social, eco- ing that time the select group secured nomic, cultural and environmental problems, might be advanced within our respective school communities in a global, mutually supportive, and bi-national manner. The fun- a greater understanding of their coun- damental precept of independence, central to our American way of life, seemed precari- terparts’ education system and culture ously anachronistic at that moment. If we, as members of planet earth, are to achieve a through school visits, cultural activi- sustainable future, how can we accomplish this if the spirit of independence is at our ties, home stays, and exchanges with core? The term ‘interdependence,’ I believe, is far more apt in the 21st century. And so I teachers and students. The tour also risked the daunting task, with apologies to and deep respect for Thomas Jefferson, re- featured a bi-national meeting in thinking and rewording the Declaration of Independence. In reality, none of us actually which participants from both coun- goes it alone–not in our families, nor our schools, communities, and countries. tries shared their experiences and ex- pertise in education for sustainable When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to ac- development and collaboration in de- knowledge the fundamental human links which have connected them globally with one veloping ESD curricula for their re- another and to assume among the powers of this precious planet, the separate and equal spective schools. yet inextricably bound station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s gods entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to demand and assert their interdependence… ViewPoints 2 The Kessenuma group at Nakai Elementary School The Fulbright Japan pro- gram was clearly focused on interdependence–attending to our mutual interests will be our mutual success. The two most developed countries in the world, the two largest con- sumers on earth, Japan and the United States, are strikingly different cultures with a mot- tled past. Japan has roughly one half of the population of the United States yet only 4% of the land area [comparable in shape and size to our original 13 colonies] and of that, only 15% able to be cul- Our joint conference in Tokyo on July 4th capped a tivated for crops. The United States, with its vast and abundant natural re- four month process of education and experience. In sources, has 47% of its continent cultivatable. As Iwate University Professor April, Japanese educators arrived in the United States Shinnosuke Tama stated, Japan’s greatest resource is its human resource. While and went separately to three different locations: Portland, Japan has a highly centralized and prescriptive educational system, American OR; Minneapolis, MN; and New Haven, CT. Each group education is distinctly diverse. And yet within these disparities, there is a great spent its time visiting schools and places committed to deal to be learned from each other in how we use our resources, in how we sustainable practices. In early May, both Japanese and function in concert with these resources, and in how we educate our next gen- U.S. educators convened in San Francisco for a joint eration to think sustainably. conference to share best practices as well as to kindle and cultivate the collaborative process. Here, we spent We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all inhabitants of the earth are extensive time within various workshops being oriented created equal, that they are members of the planet Earth entitled to a healthy to better understand our respective educational systems, and productive life in harmony with nature and, as such, are dependent upon cultural norms and value systems, and each other. The one another as stewards of its abundant but not limitless resources… Education for Sustainable Development framework was laid out: international understanding, the environment, food and nutrition, and energy and resources. Capping the May experience, General Consul of Japan Yasumasa Nagamine and his wife hosted an elegant reception in celebration of this inaugural Fulbright venture between two great nations. In learning about our differences, we embraced our common humanity. In June, the United States collection of educators re- turned to San Francisco before our study time in Japan was launched. We arrived in Tokyo, shrugged off our jet lag and explored a few local ‘gems’ in the Shinjuku sec- tion of the city where our hotel was located. The follow- ing morning, professors from Soka University, Iwate University, and University of Tokyo explained the cultural background of Japanese educational reform initiatives and offered the historical timeline of Japan’s connection with sustainable development. The American educators were to study in three separate locations: Tobetsu in the northern island of Hokkaido, the port city of Kessenuma more centrally located, and Matsuyama, which is south of Tokyo and Osaka. I and fifteen others from Maine to New Mexico were assigned to join the Kessenuma group. Prior to our departures, we visited schools in the greater Tokyo Enjoying lunch with some decidely unreserved 4th grade students area. One of these included an all boys school selected ViewPoints 3 in 2002 by the Ministry of Education as a “Super Science High School.” We visited and engaged with a chemistry class and an English class, ate lunch with the students, as well as visited their solar panel array and monitoring system. In later school visits, we witnessed the lunch experience and the stunningly effective focus on health and nutrition, reduction of waste, and students’ shared responsibility. Additionally, we spent time learning about this School’s instructional rice paddy, commonly found in the countryside but rare in Tokyo. Efforts are being made throughout the country to better connect students to their food source, to learn where it comes from, how it’s grown and harvested as well as why it is a vital staple in the Japanese diet. My colleagues and I headed to Kessenuma via the high speed Shinkansen bullet train to Sendai, then a motor coach to the Miyagi coast bringing us to our host fami- lies. For the first two days in Kessenuma, I was warmly welcomed into the home of an intergenerational traditional Japanese family. Intensely meaningful and educational, my time living and learning from grandparents Mamoru and Sokura, daughter Kaoko, son- in-law Tsukasa, and their young boys Hiroke and Yuto was truly unique. The meals, the baseball, the abacus instruction, Sakura’s gardens, the simplicity of the living quarters, the shoreline fishing villages, and neighbor visits were accomplished with great enthu- siasm by all in spite of our language barriers. (My host family worked with me on the complex Katakana syllabary with limited success!) Sharing home stay experiences Speaking at among our colleagues was invaluable, helping us give a bit more context to what was Kessenuma distinctively cultural and what was unique to our specific families. Aided by both elec- Conference tronic and human translators, we visited a host of educators and schools throughout the Miyagi prefecture, gaining valuable insights regarding Education for Sustainable Development [ESD] at each. Nakai Elementary School, for example, is a UNESCO af- filiated school deeply invested in ESD and their assistant principal, Yukihiko Oikawa, is an internationally renowned ESD educator. At Ohya Junior High School, we helped Brimming with robust and rewarding experi- the students weed their rice paddies, visited their reforestation project, and explored ences, each of us bid adieu to our host families how other collaborative partnerships might be forged. The local Kessenuma govern- as well as to the myriad school members and ment officials and the news media honored us graciously as we explored and embraced townspeople with whom we had become con- more and more of their living and learning. Additionally, one day was spent at an nected. Our reunion in Tokyo with our col- aquafarm understanding the symbiosis between the forest and the sea. Another day leagues returning from the other locations in was dedicated to a regional ESD forum in which scores of educators and experts on Japan gave us the opportunity to spend the sustainability convened for a series of workshops. The fish markets, the Buddhist tem- evening together swapping stories and compar- ples, the Shinto shrines, the hikes, the onsens or public baths, the ryokans or tradi- ing experiences. The next morning, we were tional Japanese inns, the banquets with their exotic fish dishes, the school joined once again by our Japanese counterparts experiences, the tea ceremonies, the gardens, the gardeners, the children; every day for the final joint conference. Here, each of our was packed with activity and so much to take in! breakout sessions contained a diverse mixture of committed educators from both nations along with translators. We discussed similarities and differences we each saw from the other’s cultural lens, and began to collectively develop ways in which we could both learn with and from each other. And over the course of the final two days, we delved into first steps of how we could develop curricula and collaborations to advance international understanding, envi- ronmental education, sustainable models of food and nutrition, and wise use of energy and resources. We all acknowledged the complexity of such a commitment; we asserted the essential need for each of us to make that commitment if any kind of sustainable future is to be realized. On the eve of America’s Independence Day cel- ebration, we met and discussed our collective Speaking with U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos ViewPoints 4 With Mr. Masakazu Shimazu, Secretary General, Asia Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO [ACCU]; Mr. Fujio Cho, Chairman and Representative Director, Toyota Motor Corporation, President, Asia Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO [ACCU]; and Mr. Isao Kiso, Director General for International Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Chair, Japan U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan) have represented Pine Point. The School, through its active learning environment, through its ac- claimed service learning program, through its inter- national studies program and global education outreach, and with its commitment to environmen- tal stewardship, continues to focus its efforts on education for sustainable development. But as work with US Ambassador to Japan John Roos and President of the members of an interdependent world, we have only begun. Asia-Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO [ACCU] Fujio Cho, who Schools throughout the world have a great deal of work ahead. also currently serves as chairman of the Toyota Corporation. The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step, And so, on July 4th, we were at work crafting the initial plans for as the wise sage Kong Qiu noted. On September 21st, Pine Point sustainable development interdependently with our Japanese col- School dedicated the full academic day to mark International leagues. Within my small group specifically, were Shigeki Nagai from Peace Day through a youth conference for our students and stu- Kanazawa-shi, Satoru Nogi from Izu-shi, and Tetsuhisa Abe, an im- dent leaders from area middle schools. Many of the global con- passioned educational leader from Hiroshima. It was, therefore, with nections our teachers have with schools in other parts of this a profoundly humble yet inspired spirit that I submitted and pro- world were invited to join us in celebrating the day. And each of posed to members of the Fulbright Commission that perhaps the the 96 participants in the Fulbright Japan Teacher Exchange was time has come for us to think differently in this increasingly intercon- invited to join in and share the day with us, as well. I believe, as nected global landscape. Thankfully, my reworked Jeffersonian docu- Mother Teresa once stated, “If we have no peace, it is because we ment was well received. Having already introduced and interspersed have forgotten that we belong to each other.” We truly are inter- several elements of this revision in this article, the final sentence of dependent agents of this world, and I believe this planet’s future the “Declaration of Interdependence” was: is at risk unless we begin to embrace this reality and act accord- ingly. A lesson I learned this summer as a student in Japan. We, therefore, the Representatives of the Fulbright Japan Teacher Exchange Program here assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of this planet, solemnly publish and declare, that these 6 billion plus members of the Gaia ecosystem are, and of right ought to be Interdependent entities, that they embrace the global unity that inextricably connects each together, and that all actions stemming from ideological or socio-political complexities should, and ought to be first and foremost considerate of the sus- tainable development of those actions; and that as interdependent nations, they have a responsibility to render self-interest subservient to the greater good. ‘Self interest subservient to the greater good;’ the essence of a sustainable future for us all. How profoundly impacted I have been by these experiences made possible through the generosity of the gov- ernments of the United States and Japan; and what a sense of re- sponsibility I feel for taking positive and deliberate actions toward promoting education for sustainable development. I was honored to Tea ceremony group shot ViewPoints 5 Commencement 2010 (All photos by Lifetouch National Studios) The soon-to-be graduates gathered on the walkway before processing into Commencement. First Scholar Award The First Scholar Award is presented to the student who has maintained the highest academic average in his or her class for the year. The 2010 recipients of the First Scholar Award were: Grade 6-Georgia White ’13 Grade 7-Alexander Hawley ’12 Grade 8-Matthew Owen ’11 Grade 9-Madeline Neff ’10 Hugh Huidekoper Toulmin Prize This prize is presented in memory of Hugh Huidekoper Toulmin, a former parent and Board member known for his welcoming warmth and love of Pine Point, to a stu- dent completing Grade 6. The recipient is selected by the faculty and Head of School for possessing qualities similar to the kindness, vitality, optimism, and sincere love and respect for all people which were characteris- Tradition dictates that the person to whom the yearbook is dedicated lead the gradu- tic of Mr. Toulmin. The Toulmin Prize was awarded to ating class into Commencement. This year, that honor fell to Director of Studies (and Mallory McArdle ’13. newly-named Middle School Head) Diana Owen. ViewPoints 6 David Whittemore Leib Award In memory of David Whittemore Leib, a distinguished and unselfish member of the Class of 1970, this award is made yearly to a deserving student in Grade 7 whose willingness to help the school and whose academic achievements are both meritorious. The recipient of the Leib Award was Hanna Rose Kronholm ’12. Loring M. Bailey, Jr. Award In memory of Loring M. Bailey, Jr., Class of 1959, who died in Vietnam on March 15, 1970, the award is given annually in his name to that student in Grade 8 who, in the eyes of his or her classmates and the faculty, exem- plifies the spirit of “service to the school.” The honor of the Bailey Award was bestowed upon Matt Owen ’11. First Scholar recipients Alexander Hawley ’12, Georgia White ’13, Matt Owen ’11, and Madeline Neff ’10 with Lower School Head Susan Kozel and Head of School Paul Geise Presenting Toulmin Prize winner Mallory McArdle ’13, Mr. Geise declared, “The prize winner this year actually gives us a prize each day in school. With a beaming smile, she offers help in the nicest and often most subtle way to everyone. She thanks her teachers at Reflecting on Leib Award winner Hanna Rose Kronholm ’12, the end of every class. Mr. Geise said, “This year’s recipient has been that She selflessly thinks of continual volunteer who is right there whenever we ask for others always in both help. Always friendly, kind and conscientious to students their trials and in their and adults alike, this person willingly helps to organize triumphs; and she sees classroom activities and discussions and seems to always the big picture of being juggle the complexities and perplexities of 7th grade life part of a community.” with a smile and a caring heart.” Matt Owen ’11 was First Scholar in his class while also winning the Bailey Award and The Goldman Award for Excellence in Mathematics, the latter for the third year in a row. Approaching the stage, his proud mother, Diana Owen, couldn’t help but give him a big hug. Mr. Geise said, “From his leadership on student government to his prowess on the ath- letic fields, from his passion for learning and his gentle and exceedingly good spirit, the faculty heartily agreed that this year’s recipient of the Bailey Award should go to Matt Owen.” Speaking about the mathematics prize, Mr. Geise declared, “Admit- tedly, there really is little else to add to the superla- tives already expressed from last year other than the same excellence and the same passion for mathe- matics continues to deepen and thicken its roots within this scholar’s intellect.” ViewPoints 7 Reflecting on Leadbetter Prize winner Julia Pereira ’10, Mr. Geise said, “For this year, one individual stands out as an exemplary student, a youngster with unbridled perseverance, and an earnestness of spirit to contribute to the com- munity. The road of this person’s educational journey has not always been completely smooth and well paved, but it makes this prize of courage that much more meaningful.” Presenting Escorcio-Schneider Award winner Cooper Feltes ’11, Mr. Geise declared, “Few people would argue that the voice and smile of this young man do not regu- larly fill the halls of Pine Point. He is a cheerleader of his class, the spokesperson for fun, announcer of awesome- ness, and is a continual catalyst for community spirit.” Regarding McKim Prize winner Andrew E. Leadbetter Prize Madeline Neff ’10, This award, in memory of Andrew E. Leadbetter, a member Mr. Geise said, “The of the Class of 1989, is given annually to a student who prize winner this best demonstrates academic achievement, academic im- year is not only a provement, or the courage of Andrew Leadbetter. The re- very talented writer, cipient of the Leadbetter Prize was Julia Pereira ’10. but also a determined and Jules Escorcio-Schneider Award devoted one. She labors assiduously In memory of Jules Escorcio-Schneider, a member of the on her essays, her Class of 1986, this award is given annually to the student paragraphs, her who best demonstrates those aspects of school spirit, co- sentences, and her operation, and enthusiasm that were demonstrated by Jules words to make Escorcio-Schneider and who works toward the betterment certain her writing is of the Pine Point community. The winner of the Escorcio- as close to Schneider Award was Cooper Feltes ’11. perfection as possible. She The Goldman Award for Excellence in Mathematics regularly used sophisticated Established on the tenth anniversary of the retirement of writing tools and Sheila Goldman in recognition of her enthusiasm for math- conventions to ematics teaching, the award is given by her family to com- enhance her essays, memorate her fifteen years of teaching at Pine Point and and was never presented to a student in the middle school who displays satisfied until – as with the master gem maker - each word was thoroughly polished the curiosity, joy of discovery, and problem solving skills and in its perfect place.” Maddy was also the recipient of the Nancy Tattersall that are fundamental to mathematics excellence. The recipi- Roberts Award. Of her skills in a foreign language, Mr. Geise said, “This year’s ent of the award exemplifies both talent in the discipline of recipient is a natural when it comes to Spanish. An ace with vocabulary, precise and mathematics and the desire to share that knowledge and in- meticulous with written expression, this individual has a beautiful accent, wonderful pronunciation, and she took full advantage of our International Studies Program. sight with his/her classmates. The Goldman Award went to Deeply interested in the culture as well as language, this year’s award winner is an Matt Owen ’11. excellent role model for her peers.” ViewPoints 8 Joseph Rosen ’10 epitomized the characteristics of a Mabel Kornacki Carlson Award winner “whether with younger children, or sports teammates, or with animals.” Given his commitment to the community, it didn’t come as a great surprise when it was announced that Joseph had been elected by his classmates to serve as their Class Agent. He’s shown with his mother, long- time art teacher Maria Iacoi. Marshall McKim Prize for Writing This award is given annually in his memory to a student who reflects the sincere love for and appreciation of writing exemplified by Marshall McKim, a member of the class of 1984, who learned to love writing while at Pine Point. The McKim Prize was presented to Madeline Neff ’10. Mabel Kornacki Carlson Award In memory of Mabel Kornacki Carlson, a warm and giving teacher who served Pine Point for twenty-three years, this award is presented to a 9th grade student who has demon- strated patience, caring, and commitment to the community. The winner of the Mabel Ko- rnacki Carlson Award was Joseph Rosen ’10. Nancy Tattersall Roberts Award Given in honor of Nancy Tattersall Roberts’ 25 years at Pine Point School by her son, Col. Malcolm Roberts, and her daughter, Nancy Hibbard Roberts ’65, to a student who has demonstrated a love for and excellence in foreign language. The Nancy Tattersall Roberts Award was presented to Madeline Neff ’10. The Hinkle Award for Latin Scholarship The Hinkle Award for Latin Scholarship is presented to a deserving student in the middle school who demonstrates excellence in Latin. The Hinkle Award for Latin Scholarship went to Georgia White ’13 and Matt Owen ’11. In presenting Asia Carter ’10 with the Fine Arts Award, Mr. Geise reflected on her contributions on the stage. “Whether portraying a character in a musical, singing in a group or performing as a soloist, this individual has brought joy to our lives through music and acting throughout her middle school years. She has grown immeasurably over that time as a performer, starting out quietly as a 6th grader in the chorus of Beauty and the Beast. In 7th grade, she flew into Seussi- cal as a Bird Girl, and as an 8th grader, pegged a syrupy-sweet, doting German mother in Willy Wonka. Her role in Charlie Brown was right up her alley as she projected the nuances of the brassy, brutally honest, but somewhat insecure, Lucy. Surely Asia is destined for the stage in some fashion.” This year there were two recipients of The Hinkle Award for Latin Scholarship. Georgia White ’13 was recognized for her “outstanding academic performance in the 6th grade Latin program, exhibiting en- thusiasm and great talent for learning Latin through excellence in reading, writing, pronunciation, translation, and active class partici- pation.” As a member of the elective e-Latin class for the last two years, Matt Owen ’11 was lauded by Mr. Geise for “his dedication to and love of Latin through his determination, academic excellence, and unceasing desire to learn more each day than the day before.” ViewPoints 9 Academic Highest Honors Academic Highest Honors are awarded to those students in the middle school who finished the year with a 4.0 average, or better, based on their final course grades. Sixth Grade Seventh Grade Eighth Grade Ninth Grade Apolline Jonckheere Alexander Hawley Hannah Long Madeline Neff Nithya Prakash Matthew Owen James Reid Georgia White Academic High Honors Academic High Honors are awarded to those students in the middle school who fin- ished the year with a 3.67 average, or better, based on their final course grades. Sixth Grade Seventh Grade Eighth Grade Athan Bourganos Andrew Bronk Christopher Collins Porter Brown Schyler Davis Samantha Linhares Christian Diaz Jacob DeLapp Carrie Meneo Eliza Griffin Gaelen Frink Marion Philippe Jack Hisle Edward Litvinov Austin Rosenberg Orion Marco Carl Reiser Adam Verhoeff Mia Perry Head of School Paul Geise presents Lily Hinkle ’10 with her diploma. Earlier in the ceremonies, she was named as Nicolas Welch the winner of the Coaches’ Award. In making that presen- tation, Mr. Geise said, “On the soccer pitch, her tena- Academic Honors cious spirit made her both formidable to opponents and Academic Honors are awarded to those students in the middle school who finished a favorite among our fans. During the basketball season she worked hard to improve her ball handling skills, a the year with a 3.33 average, or better, based on their final course grades. critical component for the success of the team. While a Sixth Grade Seventh Grade Eighth Grade Ninth Grade challenge for her in the beginning, she rose to the occa- Seth Antoch Christopher Bowdler Nolan Burkholder Joseph Rosen sion with that same tenacity and became a good point Ashlyn Buffum Alan Carroll Luke Butler Julia Pereira guard and the leader on the court.” Shannon Desmond Jennifer Carroll Cooper Feltes Harrison Hall Jordan Crawford Quintin Parsons Charlotte Harvey Daniel D’Amato Fine Arts Award Mallory McArdle Karalyn Falck The Fine Arts Award is given to a deserving stu- Quinlan Wood Cassandra Seidel dent in the Middle School who demonstrates tal- ent and devotion to personal expression through art, music, dance, and/or theater. The 2010 award was presented to Asia Carter ’10. While the graduating class was The Coaches’ Award small in numbers, it was never The Coaches’ Award recognizes an outstanding lacking in spirit. Somehow it only seemed appropriate that athlete in the graduating class who has demon- Joseph Rosen ’10, a student at strated skills, desire, and team spirit throughout Pine Point for all twelve years, their athletic experience at Pine Point. The recipi- would be the last member of ent must demonstrate leadership as well as sports- the class to receive his diploma manship and represent the School in a positive from Mr. Geise. Looking on are way to all competitors. The Coaches’ Award was Commencement Speaker David presented to Lily Hinkle ’10. Winans ’73 and President of the Board of Trustees Ardice Perry. Headmaster’s Prize Earlier Joseph was honored with the Headmaster’s Prize. Of The Headmaster’s Prize is awarded annually to a Joseph, Mr. Geise said, “If we member of the graduating class who has demon- examine each of these attributes strated excellence in effort, academic achieve- of excellence and analyze them ment, loyalty, and service to the School, and – effort, achievement, loyalty, service and then consider the phrases ‘quiet efforts’ and ‘better whose quiet efforts have helped make Pine Point a school’ and ‘happier place,’ there is one individual in this graduating class whose developed scholar- better school and a happier place. The Headmas- ship and gentle leadership and active involvement at all levels of the school community has been ter’s Prize went to Joseph Rosen ’10. both refreshing and nourishing.” ViewPoints 10 Scenes from Graduation As always, there were plenty of folks on hand to honor the graduates and award winners. Commencement is always a great opportunity to see old friends, to enjoy the day and to renew ties with Pine Point. As they have done since every student has arrived at the School through their departure, the faculty is front and center. (At commencement the faculty are seated based on their length of service to the School.) Shown in the front row are: Diane Corwin Seltzer ’67, Robin Smith (hidden), David Smith ’69, Jeannie Williams, Sandy Walton, Mary Raftery, Lisa Scott, Gary Williams, Carol Roper, and Julie Abbiati. (Ham Salsich was at a family wedding and for the first time in thirty- one years missed graduation!) ViewPoints 11 A Secret Gleam That Won’t Fade Maddy Neff ’10 was asked by her peers to speak for them at Commencement. Before I begin, I would like to tell you that I have chosen to use two poems my classmates and I read this year to de- scribe how I feel today. Standing in my white dress in front of all your faces, I remember how I felt when I first arrived here: afraid, uneasy, clinging to the past. I have traveled a long road since, and I have arrived at graduation. You may not see any tears, but inside, sentimental rain is falling. In John Masefield’s poem “Sea Fever,” he describes how he feels as though the sea is calling him away from his life on the land, and we all feel the same way, though we are called by our future in- stead of the sea. Mr. Masefield says that he “must [go] down to the seas again,” to a free life un- bound by terrestrial troubles, and we feel our future calling us to a life filled with newness and opportunity. Just as Masefield’s life has pushed him back to the sea, we are being pushed towards high school, college, and beyond. We know that we are prepared for what lies ahead, and we too feel that we must move onwards; we know we cannot linger in the past. “Sea Fever” describes the beauty of a calm sea: “a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking,” and we feel as though our lives are like the tranquil sea at this time. This year has been full of howling, destructive storms and cloudless, sun-drenched skies, but now we have arrived at graduation, a serene and re- flective time, filled with the mists of memories and the salt water of tears. “A grey dawn” is also on our horizons; our lives are at a turning point, and a new day has arrived. At the end of his poem, Masefield says that all he really wants in life is a “quiet sleep and a sweet dream” at the end of the day, and I agree. Along with all that I have learned at Pine Point academically, I have also matured and begun to find my way in the twisted labyrinth of life. Before my time here, I could not see the forest for the trees. Now, I am able to step back and solve a problem calmly and with reason, and all I want is to rest peacefully and find happiness, instead of getting caught up in petty arguments. I know that my classmates have grown and matured into strong young adults at Pine Point. John Masefield must return to a carefree life on the blue waves of the sea, and we must join him on the ship bound for happiness as we leave Pine Point with knowledge and wisdom. Charles Simic’s poem “Stone” describes his wish to become a stone, strong and quiet, holding a glowing secret with a dark forbidding exterior, and Pine Point has shaped us into the stones of Simic’s poem. The stone is strong, keeping its shape “even though a cow steps on it full weight / even though a child throws it in the river.” I have grown strong at Pine Point. I am ready. Even though a child may throw me into the hurtling river of a public high school, I am a stone, a deter- mined, smart, reliable, undefeated stone. I aim to be like this stone for the rest of my life, for this school has taught me the value of keeping composed and being kind instead of screeching my com- plaints. I have a secret too, a flame inside my soul that does not die. Mr. Simic has “seen sparks fly out / when two stones are rubbed,” so he thinks that stones have an inner light too, “a moon shin- ing,” inside the dark unapproachable shell. I am sorrowful to leave this place behind. I will have to grow used to the ache of not seeing my classmates, more like brothers and sisters to me now. But I am a stone, and my shining light will not die; I have a secret gleam that won’t fade. Pine Point has molded me into a sturdy stone, black and marred, but still shining from deep within, radiating hap- piness that has been given to me here. It seems as though just last week I was sitting on my bed, scared to death about my first day at Pine Point School. I was afraid, so afraid. I am afraid still, but I am strong this time. I am not cling- ing to the past. I am ready. I have changed, developed into a much more mature, hard-working, happy person, and so have Lily, Asia, Julia, Morgan, and Joseph. This is the end of Pine Point, and the beginning of a wonderful life. ViewPoints 12 “I am a stone, and my shining light will not die; I have a secret gleam that won’t fade. Pine Point has molded me into a sturdy stone, black and marred, but still shining from deep within, radiating happiness that has been given to me here…It seems as though just last week I was sitting on my bed, scared to death about my first day at Pine Point School. I was afraid, so afraid. I am afraid still, but I am strong this time. I am not clinging to the past. I am ready.”−Maddy Neff ’10 Members of Teal, accompanied by Dr. Smith, performed Looking Inside, a song they wrote together. Teal is composed of Wunanittounkwequai Gregoire ‘12, Simone City Kronholm ’11, Kiona Carter ’12, Hannah Long ’11, and Asia Carter ’10. There’s no mistaking the love and pride parents Jim and DeeDee Buffum feel for their son and new graduate Morgan Buffum ’10. A young man of many talents, Morgan is headed to St. George’s School. New graduate Lily Hinkle ’10 is flanked by her mom, Janet Hinkle, Mr. Geise, and her grandmother, Muriel Hinkle. Mallory McArdle ’13, Kara Falck ’12, Seth Antoch ’13, Jennifer Carroll ’12, Cassy Seidel ’12, Cooper Feltes ’11, Nolan Burkholder ’11, and Quintin Parsons ’11 (along with others not shown in the photo) earned Academic Honors for the year. ViewPoints 13 Class Gift Fund-raising efforts and the accumulation of monies that resulted from pizza lunches and the Ocean Blue Catering program left this year’s 9th grade with nearly $4,000 in funds to be used to make their Class Gift. The students, working with their class advisers, Mr. Mitchell and Mrs. Dolphin, unanimously decided to support the purchase of a new sound system that will principally be utilized by the P.E. and Arts Depart- ments. The equipment (not a single piece weighs over Nithya Prakash ’13, Apolline Jonckheere ’13, and Georgia White ’13 (all standing) 30 pounds, allowing for ease of portability) includes are congratulated by classmates Thea Nedvins ’13 and Mia Perry ’13 on earning two new speakers, a speaker monitor, three micro- Academic Highest Honors for the year. (Garnett Reid ’13 also earned Academic Highest Honors.) phones, mic and speaker stands, and all supporting ca- bles and cords. The purchase also includes a training workshop for the equipment. (The Tillman-Brown Fam- ily and Vanessa Tillman-Brown ’95, with Shoreline Swing, had made gifts earlier in the year that allowed the Class to not have to settle when it came to selecting the equipment that would work best for the School.) Happily, the new system was utilized at commencement, improving one’s ability to hear the speeches and some lovely music. farewell From school-wide arts performances to the middle school musical to morning meeting presentations, our school and the community will be enriched for years to come by their gift! A sonnet by Lillian Hinkle ’10 Saying hello was the easy part. The teachers welcomed us with warm Arms and smiles. It was the beginning of a wonderful start. We’ve all transformed, From the size of our hearts to our height. The teachers have helped us throughout our years. Our friends have pointed us in the right Direction, and now it is time for the tears. It’s time for the hard part, which is saying goodbye. It’s time for us to start a new beginning. We Will leave with our heads held high, And we will see That, although we have come to the end of this road and we must go, Our love for Pine Point will always show. The Carter Family ViewPoints 14 Commencement Address As has been the prac- tice for many years, the Summer/Fall issue of ViewPoints presents the Commencement Address delivered by our guest speaker. In June, we were de- lighted to welcome back to campus David Winans ’73. Two months before he re- turned to Pine Point, he sent to the School a few informal para- graphs about what he had been doing since he left Pine Point, diploma in hand. In a twist on past practice, we’ll let his own words serve as his introduc- tion of himself to our readers. Before delivering his address, Dave gave each of the graduates Van Morrison’s CD Astral Weeks. After attending Pine Point School for nine impressionable and this day cannot for the life of him logically explain the concept of formative years, Dave was shipped off to Brooks School in North negative capability). Andover, MA, where he remembers white steeples amidst multi- After college Dave taught at an alternative high school in New colored foliage, missing Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Review opening London, CT, began his lifelong hobby of songwriting, and took a night show in Plymouth because he had to write a history paper, brief detour one winter working in the Guild guitar factory. But he witnessing the arc of a moon-shaped piece of cork and leather has spent the better part of the past thirty years teaching English landing just fair of the left field pole in one of the most dramatic (and some history) to middle schoolers down in south Florida at a World Series games ever played. He met some eccentric teachers small private school in the town of Gulf Stream. He has continued who instilled in him a love of history and literature, and somehow to write (publishing three books), occasionally records his songs he ended up earning Cum Laude honors despite being dismissed with friends in Rhode Island, and has traveled several times to Eu- by several attempts at solving standardized testing. rope and, in recent years, Jamaica. He spent one summer studying From there he moved on to Trinity College in the bowels of the life and poetry of W.B. Yeats in Sligo, Ireland and has spent the Hartford, CT, where he further fell in love with the wit and whimsy past several years reading and researching the music and folk cul- of good wordplay as well as several young ladies, the mystic ram- ture of the Caribbean. blings of Van Morrison, post-Civil War history, and the Romantic Dave lives in Lake Worth, FL, with his wife Vicki who is director poets. He majored in English, minored in education, and wrote his of the South Florida Montessori Education Center. honors thesis on John Keats and the creative process (though to ViewPoints 15 For the longest time I held the view that my days at this B efore I begin I have a small gift for Morgan, Asia, Lily, Maddy, Julia, and Joseph. I suspect you are of the iTunes, downloading music generation, but here’s a CD that originally came out as a long playing phonographic record school were my unformed in the year 1968. It’s called Astral Weeks and is by an Irish singer and musician named Van Morrison. You may have heard your parents or the radio playing his period and that I didn’t “Brown Eyed Girl” or “Moondance.” This was the strange jazz folk album he made in between those two successes. I first heard it at college, and its languid become a student until I went melodies and enchanting lyrics transported me back to my childhood growing away to boarding school and up around these parts. Building forts in the hayloft of John Groton’s barn. Ex- ploring with Miles Peterle that old abandoned mill off Route One. All those actually grew up, started to games of make-believe and wonder. Van sings, “To lay me down in gardens all wet with rain/between the viaducts and your dreams/it’s easy to be born again.” read and get interested in You may not have the same experience as I did upon hearing it, but there’s history, started to feel something magical about it. At least Johnny Depp and I think so. And so, Mr. Geise, trustees, teachers, students, family, friends, old class- connected to what I was mates, and, most importantly, you six about to be graduates, as Maya Angelou said at the end of her poem for President Clinton’s first inauguration, “Good learning…It took me nearly morning.” A mere thirty-seven years ago I was where you six are at this mo- forty years to realize what this ment, wearing a white carnation in my jacket lapel, mostly oblivious to the mo- mentous occasion of graduating after nine years at Pine Point School. My mind, place did for me, but I got as per usual in those days, was elsewhere, thinking about how that afternoon my friends and I would be waterskiing behind Freddy Buffum’s Boston Whaler there. What you young people and this would be the summer I would finally learn how to slalom. The idea have gained from your time that this was the end of a key era of my life was like those seemingly ancient historical events Mr. Dixon tried to enlighten us about, irrelevant. Life was here may be more apparent to about the here and now. As it should be for you young people. I love the fact you have a school magazine called ViewPoints. For the you, or, maybe like me, it’s longest time I held the view that my days at this school were my unformed pe- something you’ll figure out riod and that I didn’t become a student until I went away to boarding school and actually grew up, started to read and get interested in history, started to somewhere down the road. feel connected to what I was learning. Perhaps it was the absence of television and girls, but I got focused, and for a long time I credited prep school for that. But the passing of time allows you to develop perspective, a chance to shape or adjust your viewpoint. When I was in seventh grade here, our yearbook had a picture of the new addition to the school, and I drew two stick figures in front of it. I wrote the word “jail” with an arrow pointing to the new build- ing and the word “prisoners” to go with the stick figures. Odd that I felt this way during the liberating 70’s when we celebrated the first Earth Day and were taking alternative classes in everything from oceanography to yoga. What was I thinking? If you consider the fact I ended up making teaching my profession, confining myself to a place very similar to this one, and loving it, you’ve got yourself a solid ex- ample of one of life’s ironies. My original view was that my becoming a teacher happened solely because of three men at Brooks School (a quiet, sad-eyed English teacher who helped me discover the depths of meaning in good liter- ature, an outrageously opinionated history teacher who taught me our history shapes our viewpoint and vice versa, and a completely mad reverend who told me we all had a calling in life and I better start listening for mine). But then a few years ago I came across Man. See, I still have a copy of this poetry book one Drew Maddock, Eng- lish teacher at Pine Point School, made us read back in the prison years. It was my introduction to ee cummings who baffled me at first with his non-structured, anything goes verse. Forget capital letters, Congratulating new graduate Asia Carter ’10 ViewPoints 16 Members of the Class of 1973 turned out in force to hear their good friend and former classmate deliver the Commencement Address. Front row, from left: David Winans, Candy White Sweeney, Cynthia Stein Therrien, Kimmie Ross, and Katy Oat Grey. Back row, from left: Neal Bobruff, John Groton, Miles Peterle, and Larry Kaplan. Missing from the photo, but in attendance, were Erica Lindberg Gourd, Fiona Neill LaFountain, and Lisa Card Rapoza. Candy pointed out with pride that “ours was the largest graduating class in Pine Point history, and half of us are here today!” punctuation placed in the strangest of places, words strung to- gether and cut up, no respect for syntax, like Picasso with his Cu- bism, creating something entirely new to shock and awe, provoke and stimulate, which is what good art does, and I’ve been writing song lyrics and bad poetry ever since I was introduced to Man. Now this discovery led me to re-evaluate the deep-rooted influ- ences from my kid-dom years at Pine Point: my third grade teacher Mrs. Bailey staying after school to help me learn my times tables; my sixth grade teacher Mrs. McKenzie allowing that a weekend alone with my own guilty conscience was more beneficial than some parental or school sanctioned punishment when I was caught revisiting my Egyptian quiz answers before turning them in; Mr. vorite, Maniac MaGee. When he started out, Mr. Spinelli wrote Purcell calling us by our last names and other expletives on the four books that were rejected by publishers. He finally succeeded soccer field, making us feel like men, not boys; Mrs. Wills encour- on the fifth try, but he pointed out that all the books and successes aging me to take my time and add more detail to my drawings. And he experienced in later years owe something to that failure. As he then there was Mr. Levering, who drove the bus. Though I was a put it, he “learned how to write while failing.” English teachers love fairly quiet, shy kid at school, I was a little hellion on the bus, and quotes, and I’d like to share a few with you. Ben Franklin said, Mr. Levering bet me a candy bar that I couldn’t be absolutely quiet “Once you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” Albert Einstein on the ride to and from school each day for the remainder of the opined, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep balance you have to year. Well, I took him up on the bet and somehow kept mum for six keep moving.” And Yogi Berra once quipped, “You can see a lot by or so months. He, in turn, gave me a candy bar, two tickets to a looking.” But perhaps the most profound quote I’ve come across in Red Sox doubleheader with the Washington Senators, and the real- recent months was revealed to me by Moisha, a little five year old ization that I could do just about anything I set my mind to. Back girl in Jamaica who recited their pledge they say in school every to the point, completely unaware of what was happening, I was morning. Standing in front of her windowless, chipped concrete learning all the tools I needed to one day become a successful house, she stood perfectly erect while speaking slowly and clearly teacher. It took me nearly forty years to realize what this place did these words: “Before God and all mankind, I pledge the love and for me, but I got there. loyalty of my heart, the wisdom and courage of my mind, the What you young people have gained from your time here may strength and vigor of my body in the service of my fellow citizens. I be more apparent to you, or, maybe like me, it’s something you’ll promise to stand up for Justice, Brotherhood and Peace, to work figure out somewhere down the road. I’m not going to throw a lot diligently and creatively, to think generously and honestly, so that of wizened advice your way or tell you how blessed you are and Jamaica may, under God, increase in beauty, fellowship and pros- how it’s your responsibility to give back and make the world a bet- perity, and play her part in advancing the welfare of the whole ter place. As Mr. Geise articulated so succinctly in the recent View- human race.” Now there are some ideals to live by. Points, “Do well and do good.” As an English teacher, I want a My last personal advice is to remember your viewpoint may noun to follow the adjective good, but it works as poetic phrasing. change. Many of you will recall that in 2004 a man named Johnny I hope you’ll be gracious and grateful, generous to others. Be kind Damon became a god-like, heroic figure to all of us who are a part when and wherever you can. I hope you all might develop what of Red Sox Nation. He was a curse buster, a disposer of the evil George Will refers to as equipoise, the ability to stay relaxed and empire, one of the main central characters in that drama that al- intensely concentrate at the same time. And I’ll suggest something lowed once and for all the ghost of Babe Ruth to rest in peace. that sounds easy but often as not is hard to do: be yourselves. And then a year later, when he signed as a free agent with the rival Travel as much as you can or stick to where you feel comfortable. New York Yankees, suddenly fans were hawking t-shirts on Yawkey Expand your horizons and discover new roots and cultures, or Way that read “Johnny Damon looks like Jesus, acts like Judas, focus on preserving your own legacy and heritage. If you have the throws like Mary.” Ah, the slings and arrows of a fickle nation. time and energy for it, do it all. Make mistakes but don’t waste Damon is now a Detroit Tiger, still playing the game he loves wher- them. I had the good fortune to meet the author Jerry Spinelli last ever it takes him. May your fate bestow upon you such fortune. To fall. He has written some profoundly thoughtful adult literature for find something you love and follow where it may take you. As Ja- young people: Stargirl, Loser, Milkweed, Smiles to Go, and my fa- maicans say, “Be upfull” and enjoy the journey. ViewPoints 17 Pine Point Mourns Passing of In May 2009, the Baileys toured the DeMovick Early Loring M. Bailey Childhood Center. Unbeknownst to all, Dot’s last visit to Pine Point would School Blessed with Largest also be the last time that Loring would be Bequest in its History on campus. -David C. Hannon, Director of Development I t was just a year ago in the fall issue of this magazine that we informed the Pine Point family of the passing of former faculty member and past parent Dorothy (Dot) L. Bailey. It is with great sadness that we now report that Dot’s husband, Loring MacKenzie Bailey, 96, died peacefully at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, CT, on August 15, 2010. Born on May 26, 1914, in Newton, MA, the son of Reginald and Pearl Bailey, Loring grew up in the Boston area and went to school at Brookline High School. As a nine-year-old boy, he experienced great adventures in Cuba where his father oversaw the construction and operation of a sugar cane factory from 1920-1928. Loring studied mechanical design at the Laurel Institute, a division of the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology. In 1940, he joined The Dorothy L. Bailey Fund Electric Boat (EB) in Groton as a Ship Design Planner. He would hold succeeding positions of increasing responsibility at EB until his retirement as a Procurement Engineer for the Trident This legacy is given in perpetual mem- Programs. Not coincidentally, 1979 was the same year that Dot retired from teaching. ory of Dorothy, to whom I was married for The Baileys were engaged and beloved members of the community during the sixty years sixty-six wonderful years. It is to recognize that they lived in their home on Pequot Trail in Stonington and later at StoneRidge in Mystic. one of Pine Point’s most beloved teachers As a couple, their love and care for one another was an inspiration to all. Friends and from the School’s earliest days when she acquaintances remember Loring for his sharp intellect and his razor sharp memory. He was a taught from 1960-1969. During those nine brilliant conversationalist whose passion ran to all things military, and particularly maritime years, she taught English to the 3rd, 4th, history. and 5th grades, and for two years she The Bailey’s association with Pine Point stretched back to the fall of 1956, when their only served as Chair of the Middle School. child, Loring “Ring” M. Bailey, Jr. ’59, entered the School as a new 6th grader. Ring’s entrance Children, teaching, and Pine Point re- into Pine Point coincided with the move to Barnes Road. Ring later died in Vietnam on March mained a passion for Dot throughout her 15, 1970. An endowment fund was established in his honor and an award that bears his name long life. In mid-May 2009, Dot and I is presented each year at commencement. In 1960, Dot began what would be a nine-year run went to Pine Point for what unknowingly at the School, teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade English and serving as chair of the Middle would be her last visit. At the end of the School for two years. Dot left the faculty at the end of the first semester in 1969, but the Bai- tour of the new DeMovick Early Childhood leys never stopped caring about the School. Over the years they visited often, seeing old Center, she took Head of School Paul friends, attending graduation, participating in groundbreaking ceremonies and celebrations, Geise aside, observing that the new addi- and simply stopping by to see how things were going at a place that remained important to tion “felt like home.” them until the very end. In order that Pine Point will always feel Given their many years together, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise as to Loring’s focus like home, The Dorothy L. Bailey Fund will in his final days. On August 5th he called the School to discuss “setting up something to rec- benefit the School in either or both of the ognize Dot.” One week later, he met with his lawyer and added a codicil to his estate plans following ways: supporting the profes- establishing The Dorothy L. Bailey Fund with an initial planned gift of $100,000. (That sional development of the faculty and/or legacy, which makes it the largest bequest in the history of Pine Point, will be enhanced upon rewarding especially worthy members of the final settlement of Loring’s estate.) Three days later, Loring passed away. the faculty, as the Board of Trustees con- With the passing of Dot and now Loring, a significant chapter in the School’s history has siders appropriate. in a certain way closed, and yet with this newest endowment fund the memory of two remark- - Loring M. Bailey able people will live on to benefit future generations of Pine Point students and teachers so August 12, 2010 that they too will always feel that sense of “home.” ViewPoints 18 Alicia Realized Russell Garden - David C. Hannon, Director of Development I n November 2007 Pine Point lost a dear friend when past parent Alicia Zintl Russell was struck and killed by an automobile. Those who knew Alicia rallied together to raise funds (96 people eventually made gifts!) that supported the creation of what would become the Alicia Z. Russell Center for As- sessment and Learning in the DeMovick Early Child- hood Center (DECC). Part of the plan also called for a garden to be created between the 6th grade and DECC that would honor Alicia. Anyone who knew Alicia understood what nature meant to her. It was beauty and wonder, a source of strength and peace. The historic rains last July and this March, which caused significant flooding at the School, made attending to the space a matter of real urgency. On several occasions, current parents and trustees John Pereira and Andy Griscom ’75, along with former faculty member and trustee Alan Banister, were at Pine Point digging trenches and putting in piping to mitigate the drainage issues. Over the course of the last year, Head of School Paul Geise worked with a number of individuals and landscaping-related firms to bring the project to fruition. He first engaged Mystic resident and Cummin Associates,Inc. noted landscape architect Peter Cummin of Cummin Associates, Inc. to put together a design that would be functional, attractive, and low maintenance. In March, current parent Bill Griffin, on behalf of the extended Griffin family, came forward and made a marvelous gift to move the project forward. Their gift was a real spark and was soon followed “I enjoyed helping with by the Zintl and Russell families lending their support. Martin Griswold ’88 (featured in the fall 2009 issue of this magazine) of Judges Farm in Old Lyme and Dan Jeffrey of Pequot Plant Farm in the garden. There was a Stonington, donated perennials, shrubs, and trees to fill out the space. Flemings Feed pledged as real sense of, ‘Hey, look much mulch as was needed. Virtually every member of the faculty made a gift as a sign of their love of Alicia and their desire to make the garden a reality. Lee Malek Landscaping was responsible for all what we did.’ I was of the infrastructure and stonework while accomplishing the necessary work (seen and unseen) to en- sure proper drainage. (The speed with which Malek Landscaping completed their work was startling. inspired by it. I hope Suddenly it seemed that the hope of having the garden in by graduation was possible.) On the Satur- others will consider day of Memorial Day Weekend a group of hardy volunteers put in well over 150 plants, spread mulch, and enjoyed a sense of a job well done. what they can do to help Like so many aspects of Pine Point, the creation of the Alicia Russell Garden was made possible with the help of many hands. As with the garden that was put in by the faculty six years ago alongside Pine Point.” the L/TC, before we know it, the Russell Garden will fill in, looking as if it has always been there. -Bill Griffin The next time you’re at Pine Point, take a moment to see this beautiful addition to our campus. ViewPoints 19 Gardening Volunteers Melinda Blum Jim Buffum Amaya ’20, Dionne and Rodney Butler Brian, Curt, Jenny, and Judy Christoffersen Dan, Judy, and Schyler Davis ’12 Paul and Robin Geise Julian Gillespie Brianna and Maureen Gosselin Bill, Claire ’17, Eliza ’13 and Geraldine Griffin Andy Griscom ’75 Susan Kozel Ed Russell spent the entire day with the volunteers and was energized by the outpouring of support and what had been created. Chloe, David, Nicky, and Toby Newbery Planting Mary Raftery Lauren ’18 and Bill Rolla Carol Roper Ed Russell Lisa Scott Lou Toscano Sandy Walton Andy Griscom ’75 was one of the volunteers who worked on the garden from start to finish. Summing up the project, he de- clared, “It’s more than a garden, we have a wonderful outdoor classroom.” Andy is shown wearing a coverall that he had specially made that bears one Bill Griffin and Paul Geise work a bed. of the new mottoes he has play- fully proposed for the School. Rodney Butler Some of the 90+ Dionne Butler Claire Griffin ’17 and Lauren Rolla ’18 common bearberrys go in ViewPoints 20 Third grade teacher Mary Raftery Judy Christoffersen’s son, Brian, and daughter, Jenny, lent a hand. Dear Friends, It was truly inspiring to see everyone pitching in to help plant Bill Rolla and mulch the Alicia Zintl Russell time Memorial Garden [North] on Sat- Carol Roper urday morning. THANK YOU for your good hearts and lively spir- its…There’s still work to be done, but for now, let’s simply celebrate our collective good works!!! Once again, thank you one and all!!! -Paul Geise Julian Gillespie Lauren Rolla ’18, Claire Griffin ’17, Amaya Butler ‘20, Eliza Griffin ’13 and Schyler Davis ‘12 enjoy a snack after putting in some hard work. The rocks are from Alicia’s beloved East Beach in Watch Hill, RI, where she loved to take the family dog, Schatzie, for a walk on the beach. Robin Geise gives the new plants a good drink. (All photos by Judy Christoffersen and David Cruthers) ViewPoints 21 Lessons from Lewis and Clark − Michael Petty ’64 Michael Petty followed the route of Lewis and Clark all the way from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back over the course of four summers. As an antidote to his “midlife crisis,” he tried to get a sense of what it was like to complete the trek, albeit two hundred years later. He is grateful for the time he spent outdoors growing up in the wilds on Al Harvey Road in Stonington as well as the time he spent outdoors as a student at Pine Point. His article is part of a longer piece he wrote for The Washington Post, which published his account back in 2004 and 2005. He is still working on a book about his trip but, like Meriwether Lewis, he too suffers from occasional “writer’s block.” Though the article written by Michael was first published six years ago, his passion for the journey, and sharing it with others, endures. Over the summer, he and a nephew retraced a portion of the trail. Michael enthusiastically reported: “The Missouri River trip was amazing – four days of kayaking and saw no humans, only animals.” Michael teaches American history, American sports history, and an honors course called The American Wilderness at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. With a descendant of William Clark in St. Charles, MO, which was one of the stops Lewis and Clark made early in their trip. We’re in front of a replica keelboat. Great Falls, MT, one of five falls Lewis and Clark portaged around, which is now sadly dammed for power purposes F rom 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their band of about fifty men traveled by pirogue, keelboat, horseback, and on foot for 4,000 miles. They fought the swift current of the Missouri River upstream, survived a bitterly cold winder at Fort Mandan, traversed the lofty Rocky Mountains, tried to stay dry during a very wet winter at Fort Clatsop near the western shore of America, and then returned triumphantly with only one member of the entire Corps of Discovery perishing during the two-year journey. That man, Sergeant Charles Floyd, died of appendicitis two months into the trip, and his death probably would have occurred even if he was back in “civilization” with the then-best doctors in the world. From 2004 to 2008, I retraced their route by rental car, on foot and bicy- cle, in kayak and canoe. I was trying to get a sense of what these men went through two hundred years ago. In Missouri, I bicycled for fifty miles along a hiker-biker trail built over abandoned railroad tracks. To my right was the turgid “Big Muddy” as the Missouri River was called, and it did seem big and muddy in color, filled with floating debris including “sawyers,” uprooted trees that can wreak havoc upon an upstream boat. At Cross Ranch State Park in North Dakota, I paddled a kayak for a day down the Missouri, thankful that the current was with me, not against me as it was for so long during the first year of the expedition. I joined a family of four and our two guides and paddled downstream for seven miles. At one point we turned upstream to get a sense of the force of the river and it was convincing. We all better appreciated one of the many obstacles the Corps of Discovery faced. Some days, the crews only made a few miles, and on the first day out of St. Charles, MO, the heavy keelboat almost capsized. ViewPoints 22 A Shoshone Indian, Sacajawea, a key figure, and York, Clark’s slave, were I made it up to Lemhi Pass where, in largely responsible for the ultimate success of the arduous trip. The Native Ameri- 1804, Lewis and Clark realized that can who joined the Corps when they set out west the second year knew the land, there was no “Northwest Passage.” and the fact that she had a young baby with her suggested the mission was peaceful to the neighboring tribes. York was considered “good medicine” by the Native Americans. These people had never seen a black man before, and many thought he was painted black; at times, the Indians would try to peel off his “blackness.” More- over, when the Corps voted where to set up camp during the second winter out, both York and Sacajawea were allowed to vote as well, a first in American history for both groups. I learned much from the Natives along the route. I remember Mark Schaeffer, an employee of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and who is part-Chippewa whom I ran into at the end of my kayak trip. When asked his opinion about the re- action of Native Americans to the Corps, he said, “When the Indians first saw Lewis and Clark and all these men and Sacajawea, they considered them to be ‘our first American tourists.’” With all the celebrations during the bicentennial of the expedition, we need to remember who was already here and what they thought of the process, then and now. So there is much to be learned from such a “midlife crisis,” which some have called my pilgrimage. I end with a quote from Thomas Slaughter from his book, Ex- ploring Lewis and Clark: As an opening to our imaginations, as facilitators of our con- nections to the past, nature, God, and the universe, Lewis and Clark continue to serve us, perhaps better than they serve them- selves…that is why we will keep repeating their journey over and over again. I hiked in the Bitterroot Mountains in cen- I encourage you to read any of the tral Idaho, and though I am an avid hiker, the many books about Lewis and Clark. steep ups and downs of the trail were tough. It was here that the Corps struggled in September 1805 as early snow hampered them as well. By Their story is a fascinating one on many levels, but take time to read about the Michael’s other side as well, the story of their trip Recommended Readings the time the group reached the other side and from a Native American point of view. ran into the local Nez Perce Indians, they were After all, they were here first. hungry, cold, exhausted, and emaciated. But the Stephen Ambrose Native Americans there fed them and took care Undaunted Courage: Meriwether of them, though the men preferred to eat dog At the three forks of the Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Missouri River in Montana rather the plentiful salmon and camas roots prof- Opening of the American West fered to them by their hosts. I rented a kayak at the mouth of the Colum- James P. Ronda bia River and the currents, strong winds, and Lewis and Clark among the Indians floating debris gave me a real impression of what the Corps faced over two hundred years ago. Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., Editor One irony among many regarding the expedition Lewis and Clark Through Indian was that when the crews finally neared the mouth Eyes: Nine Indian Writers on the of the mighty Columbia, their ultimate goal for Legacy of the Expedition over a year, the weather and dangerous waters prevented them from actually reaching the Pa- cific Ocean and setting up camp along the coast, which was the original plan. Kayaking on the Missouri in the But the highlight of my trip was a three-day White Cliffs region of Montana kayak journey on the Upper Missouri in central Montana. Here the river ran without channels, dams, or reservoirs for several hundred miles, and I covered 130 of them. I camped at two of the exact campsites that Lewis and Clark did going out and coming back. The weather coop- erated and I was stunned by the rock formations, the towering spires, and the incredible beauty of this section called the White Cliffs. ViewPoints 23 Just out of Reach -Julie Wright DelPrado ’89 In addition to raising three boys (the oldest of whom, Diego ’19, is a first grader at Pine Point), Julie creates earth-conscious art and design. T here’s something appealing to me about a challenge that seems just out of reach. I tend to take on things I don’t com- pletely know how to do, often under deadline. That’s when I usually perform best—when the odds of me working it out seem less in my favor than the odds of me failing, often publicly. That’s what got me back into exercising after having my first two boys. With my sister- in-law’s encouragement, I signed up for a sprint triathlon even though I didn’t own a road bike, hadn’t run in 10 years, and had to ride 100 miles, I may as well sign up for the full 3 days, under never swum a lap in my life. I had just four months to convince my the logic that I wouldn’t have to increase my mileage during my legs they could still run and learn how to swim while battling my training, just my frequency and tie in some consecutive days. Pretty fear of creatures lurking in open bodies of water. I loved the experi- quickly I realized there were flaws in my thinking, but it was sound ence and quickly signed up for my next tri—there’s nothing like a enough logic at the time to convince me to make the commitment. countdown to standing at a start line in a fitted tri suit to keep a gal Plus, after hearing that I committed to riding the three days, Juan motivated! and his brothers decided they needed to step up and do the entire This summer I took on the most challenging experience of my ride as well, which increased all of our fundraising goals. With the life so far—the Tri State Trek, a 270-mile ride from Newton, MA, help of Pine Point’s GIVE committee and the support of our family to Greenwich, CT, to support the ALS Therapy Development Insti- and friends, as of mid-August our team of nine riders raised tute (ALSTDI). It was unquestionably the hardest thing I’ve ever $27,000, a significant amount by any standards. done. I had hoped that this would be a life-changing adventure for I’ve never experienced such a myriad of emotions as during the me. I anticipated this experience enabling me to become a distance course of my training. I felt everything from despair and pain to athlete. I thought that training for, and completing the ride, would strength and pride. Our training was time-consuming and physi- somehow alter how I approach life in a significant way. I knew it cally demanding, and I often felt overwhelmed and intimidated with was going to be insanely hard, but I expected to finish. What I the task. On many of my long rides I’d inevitably hit a moment didn’t anticipate was getting knocked off my feet over and over, and where the weight of what we were doing would come crashing being left with an emptiness that I’ll have to wait a year to try to fill. down on me. Frequently, usually at the top of a steep, long hill My husband, Juan, rode day 1 of the Trek last year in honor of somewhere past 60 miles, I’d reach a place where I had nothing left his brother-in-law, who was diagnosed with ALS shortly after marry- in me to hold myself together and I would just stop my bike and ing Juan’s sister. I thought he was crazy—100 miles sounds like a crumble from the feeling of being so humbled. I simultaneously felt lot, but having biked a bit in the past few years, I knew it was a lot. like I was doing something both really important and completely When we first learned about ALS we knew little about it other than inconsequential, that I was spending a ton of time and energy but that it was also called Lou Gehrig’s disease. What we were devas- that I was just a small piece of a puzzle that was never going to be tated to learn was that it’s 100% fatal. There’s absolutely no chance finished. I was taxed mentally and physically and dreading the next of survival given current treatments. What’s most frustrating about hill and then I’d think of the people with ALS and how they are los- this is that scientists and doctors believe ALS is a curable disease, ing their physical abilities one by one, and that ultimately they and that it’s just a matter of combining the right amount of time, would lose their life to this horrible disease. On all of my longer effort, and resources. After thinking this over, I decided that if I’m rides, Juan was with me. He’d listen patiently and talk me through going to train my body to compete in an event, it should be for a it, saying “we’re just out for a bike ride and it’s one mile after the purpose bigger than just my own satisfaction, so I decided to join next.” He’s a perfect match for me, in that I could only see the big Juan in riding the Tri State Trek. I then decided that if I was going picture while he was able to focus on the present moment. ViewPoints 24 When it came time for The Ride, as I now thought of it, I was final rest stop, I was overwhelmed with physical exhaustion, ex- anxious and nervous. Every mile down was one fewer to go. The cruciating pain in my knee, and both my heart and pride wrench- first day was exciting—our team happened to be positioned at ing from the reality that I wasn’t going to make 270 miles. I was the front, and we received a full police escort stopping traffic at filled with the dread of explaining this to the dozens of people every intersection all the way out of town. People were in pretty who had made contributions to this very important cause. It left jovial moods, and there was a lot of riding together, peloton me in a place so raw that I felt like I was one giant open wound style. It was a hard day, though, in that you had to strike a bal- with nothing left to affix the bandages. Somehow my early ac- ance between riding a decent 102 miles, while saving some en- complishments didn’t matter anymore. I finally made it to the last ergy for the remaining 168 miles. Facing a steep hill at mile 100 I stop and watched Juan and his brothers join many other riders in gave up my dream of competing in an Ironman—I could practi- doing hill repeats on a particularly tough climb while the group cally see the steam coming from my knees, and I couldn’t imagine waited for the final riders. Then we all rode the final eight miles running a marathon after riding a century and at that moment I into town. The streets were lined with supporters cheering and thought I was absurd for even considering it up to this point. ringing cowbells. I was so emotional—my chest tightened and I On day 2 my right knee was giving me a lot of trouble, and I was swallowing hard, trying not to start sobbing as I saw the fam- had to start icing it at the rest stops in order to get through the ilies and friends of ALS victims, and those who were afflicted ride. At one of the stops a nurse gently suggested I consider get- with ALS themselves. It was more than I could take. Here I was ting advanced a couple of stops so as not to risk further injury. feeling sorry for myself that I couldn’t complete 26 out of the Apparently the nurse doesn’t know my mother. Quitting is never 270 miles, and there they were—some not even able to walk or an option, and I said to Juan, “there’s only one of two ways this is talk. I was straining to see the road and my gears through my ending—with me crossing the finish line or bring carted away in tears. I felt saddened, relieved, excited, pained, shamed, and an ambulance.” Thankfully, day 2 ended with me on a bike, proud all at the same time—too much for one moment. I desper- though once we got into New Haven my right knee would no ately wanted to get off my bike and sink into my kids’ arms, but longer bend so I unclipped and pedaled with just one leg to fin- they weren’t there, and are too young to understand what their ish the ride. dad and I did, and that we did this for their uncle. Day 3 was torture. I had iced my knee on and off all night. Three days after the ride, I still had to use my hands to climb The hills started at mile 2, and didn’t stop. It was Juan’s and my the stairs to go to bed—that’s when I finally let myself off the 12th anniversary, and the thought crossed my mind more than hook for skipping 26 miles. Even as I say that, I realize both how once that morning that we could have used the three nights of absurd that is and yet how I still feel I didn’t accomplish my goal, babysitting for a relaxing get-away. By mile 30 I could no longer like I need a big disclaimer when I talk about “finishing” the ride. bend my right knee, and I was going 3 mph uphill, and 8 mph on There are not many boxes I can check off from this experience. I the few flats there were. I realized my stubbornness to finish this didn’t actually ride 270 miles, ALS hasn’t been cured yet, I still ride was going to get in the way of Juan finishing it. Juan, who need to do this again next year, and I still have guilt that this is rode my pace the entire ride, even when his brothers surged to just one cause, and that there are just so many other diseases out the front of all the riders, and he knew he was strong enough to there that need funds including my father’s. match them. At the beginning of the ride, he put his ego in a box Three weeks later and I’m still dreading getting back on my and didn’t need to open it. So at mile 36 I made the call to catch bike. It won’t last long because I’m doing a century ride in a a ride to the last rest stop while icing my knee. Juan sprinted month, but I’m pushing the limits again—procrastinating until ahead to catch his brothers, passing many of the riders who had there’s no option left but for me to ride. The fear of failure is a passed us all weekend long. powerful motivator, once it kicks in. The wait for my ride felt like eternity. I saw all of the tail end I wonder how this will work out for my boys…I picture one of riders, many with knee injuries. My ride appeared as the last them telling a fellow rider “apparently the nurse doesn’t know my crewmember was closing up the rest stop. Riding in a car to the mother…” The nine members of Team Tess gathered for a photo at the start in Newton with Julie (fourth from the right) joined by brothers-in-law Alejandro and Lorenzo (respectively third and second from the right) and husband Juan far right To learn more about ALS, or to support ALSTDI, visit als.net. ViewPoints 25 Fiore Sabbatical Program Marks Fifth Year I n December 2005, the Fiore family es- tablished a sabbat- ical program for the School’s teachers and administrators. John and Barbara Fiore were in- volved at all levels of School life during their daughter’s (Lauren ’96) seven years at Pine Point. The sabbatical program is de- signed to strengthen the individual’s teaching while also being personally ful- filling and energizing. Each fall the recipients present their experiences at a gathering in the Library/Technol- ogy Center. As well, a “scrapbook” containing the re- flections of the Fiore Fellows is kept as a resource for future generations. This summer marked the fifth year that Pine Point’s teachers or administrators have taken advantage of the opportunity to pursue a personal passion, and, in so doing, returned to the School with a renewed commit- Fiore Fellows ment to teaching and learning. Preschool teacher Leslie Dameron headed to France and threw herself into that 2006 country’s language and life, while First Grade teacher Judy Toscano journeyed to Italy to explore her family’s Sally Cogan roots. Susan Kozel Hamilton Salsich 2007 Chris Hurtgen Carol Roper Lou Toscano 2008 Steve Brown Robin Rice Diane Corwin Seltzer ’67 2009 Carol Ansel David Smith ’69 Robin Smith 2010 Leslie Dameron Judy Toscano ViewPoints 26 I n June I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in France for the purpose of language immersion. But my experi- ence became much more than I could have hoped for as I became immersed in the culture and aspects of daily life. My trav- els took me to the town of St. Avertin near Tours on the Loire River, and home to the middle school Collège Jules Romain where, in 2009, several of our Pine Point middle school students traveled. I was the guest of Jean-Marc and Gaby Barrault, who guided me through French conversa- tion as well as the joys of daily life. The result of my trip was a full cultural experi- ence thanks to the enthusiasm of my hosts and their friends. A Full Cultural Experience Life is like a French meal, keep it simple and enjoy every lingering minute because it is who you share it with that is most important. ViewPoints 27 Jean-Marc arranged for me to spend a few days at Collège Jules Romain where he teaches physical education. I attended English and history classes and the faculty and students wel- comed me eagerly. It was interesting watching the students work their way through English grammar. History class was a discussion of Charlemagne. Jean-Marc also made arrangements for me to visit L’ecole Maternelle des Champs de St. Avertin where I spent the day with three and four-year old children. Being a preschool teacher, I was much more in my element help- ing with projects and assisting with play. The children ignored the fact that we often could not understand one another and simply enjoyed sharing their day with me. They showed me their work, asked me to help build with blocks, demonstrated bicycle skills, and even showed me their smiles with missing teeth. Meals were provided in the “cantine” in a typical French style beginning with couscous, then beef and vegetables, clean your plate with bread, then have cheese followed by dessert. It does not appear that a brown bag lunch would be too ex- citing in this community. It was a truly delightful day for me as I observed the teaching styles, noting similarities and differences with my own, and watching the way in which the children maneuvered through their activities. I also saw that no matter where you are, kids are kids. I could look at almost any child in l’ecole maternelle and think of a similar child at Pine Point. I could look at almost any child in l’ecole maternelle and think of a similar child at Pine Point. ViewPoints 28 Cherry picking at the home of Michel and Pascale Dupre near Loches My hosts, Jean-Marc and Gaby Barrault My days in St. Avertin included visits with Jean-Marc and tanks and small aquariums. For the adult, opportunities for quiet Gaby’s friends and colleagues. We dined in old, restored manor contemplation of the river scene were present through chairs with houses and even a converted stable. These friends invited me to journals conveniently attached or chairs with picture frames the table where I learned that French meals need not be compli- hanging before them to guide your eye through the view. Artists cated affairs but are intended to be lingered over and enjoyed. created large flower-type sculptures that in the evening were illu- The simple dishes are presented and everyone reaches in for a minated and glowed like static fireworks overhead. taste. Meals are comfortable and the conversation flows from one I never could have anticipated and planned for all of the ad- course to the next. At one home we were invited to pick cherries ventures that I had in St. Avertin. Through the graciousness of from the trees before our dinner on the lawn. Another meal pre- my hosts and the friendliness of the French people, I experienced ceded a guided tour of a local castle by our hostess. the delights of the food, culture, history, and children of the The French not only enjoy their meals but their festivals as Loire Valley. I am also extremely grateful to the Fiore family and well. It seemed that every day in June found a festival of some my Pine Point colleagues for making this journey possible. I went sort. I was lucky enough to be in St. Avertin for the festival “Jour to France to practice the language but came home having learned de Loire.” This celebration included games and performances for much more. Life is like a French meal, keep it simple and enjoy families. Children could try their hand at traditional wooden every lingering minute because it is who you share it with that is games or explore the local fish of the Loire River through touch most important. ViewPoints 29 M y father loved the water, which I thought was rather odd considering he was born and raised in Astoria, NY, and didn’t know how to swim. We moved often, as his career as a manufacturing executive took us to different states, but whenever possible we lived near a body of water, whether it was Long Island Sound or Lake Michigan, and took vacations by the shore. I always wondered what sparked this love of sand and surf in a city kid, and then on July 19th I discovered something about my father and his family that I hadn’t known before – his father, my grandfather, Casimiro Florio, was born near the Tyrrhenian Sea in the little seacoast town of Amantea in Calabria, Italy. I wonder if my father’s connection was planted by his father’s shared memories of a childhood on that gray, rocky shoreline. Ciao Calabria -Judy Toscano I never met my father’s parents. Casimiro died before I was born, and my grandmother, Josephine, died when I was ten. She and my father were not close, and even when we lived in the same state there would be no Sunday dinners at Nonnie’s, like every other fam- ily of Italian descent. I was told that Casimiro had been an invalid, ill with something unspecified that prevented him from working at a regular job. Instead, he made cigars at home, which was his occupa- tion according to the 1920 census. Josephine was listed as a “fin- isher of children’s coats,” so I imagine she worked in a factory. My father, Alfred, told us little about his childhood, but one story that was repeated often was that he had to drop out of high school in 10th grade in order to go out on the street selling his father’s handmade cigars. Dad said that when he told the school he wouldn’t be return- ing, the principal called him in to his office and asked him to recon- sider, my father being a good student and one he hated to lose. By then there were three younger brothers at home and, as the oldest, With my father it was his responsibility to help out. That was the end of my father’s formal education, although it didn’t hinder him in his chosen field. ViewPoints 30 In Search of Casimiro The purpose of my trip to Italy in July was to see if I could find any information about my grandfather in the town he left to come to America in 1903. My search was prompted by my time as a substitute teacher in the 4th grade classroom last spring during their unit on immigra- tion as they were preparing for a trip to Ellis Island. After reading the books they use in class and seeing the research the children were doing for their reports on real or imagi- nary ancestors, I decided to check the Ellis Island website for myself to see if any of my family’s names came up. Sure enough, on my second try Casimiro Florio, age 25, was listed! According to the ship’s manifest, which can be read online in the original handwritten log, he sailed on the Nord America from Naples to New York, arriving on June 24, 1903. There were just over 1500 passengers on that ship, and many questions were asked of each one, besides the standard name, date of birth and place of residence. On the ship’s manifest there are headings for ability to read and write, marital status, amount of money carried, general health, occupation and final destination. Finding this infor- mation was a revelation, prompting the beginning of my fascination with all things Florio. I had to look up a map of Italy to see where Amantea (his place of birth as I would later learn) was; I wasn’t familiar with the name and didn’t recall anyone ever mentioning relatives coming from the region of Calabria, which I recognized as the home of “Strega Nona,” Tomie dePaola’s best-known picturebook character with the magic pasta pot. My father had been adamant, however, that his family came from the “tip of the boot” – NOT Sicily! – which is where Amantea is located (actually, the top of the foot), on the west coast along the Tyrrhenian Sea. I was lucky enough to be invited to join the 4th grade on their trip to Ellis Island this year, but I wanted to see it on my own first. My husband, Lou, (better known to hundreds of current and past Pine Point students as Mr. T) and I made the trip by train into New York City during our spring break in March. The day we chose to go was cold and rainy, which only heightened the experience as I imagined how it felt to be one of millions of immigrants traveling in steerage for the opportunity to live in a new land. Although it was not the first time I have seen the Statue of Liberty, I had an emotional re- action as her torch appeared through the fog. On a crowded ferry with visi- tors from all over the world, it was even more realistic. We did not get out at the Statue, but continued on to Ellis Island. Once again, as I stepped off the boat and saw the building for the first time I was overcome by emotion, thinking how many people, including my grandfather, had walked the same path I was now taking, not knowing what lay ahead but trusting that it would be better than what they had left. I urge everyone who has not done so to visit Ellis Island. It is a truly moving experience. ViewPoints 31 Amantea According to the information available about Amantea, it is considered one of Calabria’s prettiest towns, as well as one of the most historically interesting. The area has been inhabited since ancient times, and Bronze and Iron Age ar- tifacts have been found near the port. The Bruzi, Calabria’s native people, kept out Greek occupation, which accounts for the lack of Greek architecture which is present in other Calabrese villages. However, the Bruzi were unable to hold back the Romans who wiped out the group. Amantea be- came an important Roman port for the purpose of sending produce to Imperial Rome, and served as the border be- tween the two parts of Calabria, Longobardian and the Byzantine, who built the castle on the hills above town. In 839 Amantea fell to Arabs who created a state around the city. The name “Amantea” is of Arabic origin, from “Al Mantiah” meaning “strong hold.” The castle and ancient walls of Amantea were destroyed by the French in 1807, and only a few ruins are left. Today the city is a seaside tourist center divided into two sections, the historical center, Cen- tro Storico, on the hill above the newer city, with shops, restaurants and a train station below on busy narrow streets. In order to find some information about my grandfather, Casimiro, I knew I would have to go to the Municipio, or town hall, which is up in the Centro Storico section of A Feeling of Connection town. We had already made one attempt to climb the steep We found Municipio easily and entered the building. There were offices cobblestone path that lead up the mountain, but as the tem- to the left and right and a wide staircase going up to the second floor. People perature rose to around 100 degrees and we were unsure of were waiting their turn outside the large office on the left, so we picked that which way to turn when we got to a cross street at the top of one to start. I had translated a few sentences into Italian to read at the town the steps, we gave up and descended the walkway back to hall, telling them what I was looking for. I had no idea what I would find, and town. When we realized that we could take a bus from our was fully prepared to be disappointed by a locked door or an unpleasant city hotel all the way up to Centro Storico, that made the sec- employee. I half expected to be told, “I’m sorry, we don’t have records that ond trip much easier. In the intersection we saw a sign that far back,” in Italian, of course, or worse, “We have no records in that name.” pointed the way to Municipio and made our way down I nervously approached the counter ready to read my first sentence: “Sto cer- Corso Umberto. As we walked we marveled at the ancient cando informazione su mio nonno.” (“I am looking for information about my buildings and one-tiny-car-wide streets. Doors were open grandfather.”) I stumbled through the words, waiting to see if I would get a and older women were sweeping out their first floor smile or a dismissive wave of the hand that Italians are so good at. The kitchens. It was such a dichotomy to see fairly modern woman behind the counter listened to my garbled Italian, paused, sighed, kitchens inside these buildings dating back several hundred and I mumbled out loud, “How often do you hear that?” I showed her my years or more. print-out from the computers at Ellis Island listing my grandfather’s name and date of arrival in New York, and showing Amantea as his last residence. I also had notes of my own with his birthdate, which I set down on the counter for her to see. She looked at the name and birthdate, and repeated them to her- self. Saying, “Un momento,” she walked to a file cabinet nearby and pulled open a drawer. Within minutes she returned holding my grandfather’s birth records, a crumbling brown paper. I was so stunned by its appearance, I didn’t ask to hold the 132-year-old document or see it more closely. Lou quickly asked if we could get a copy, and she went from her office to the one across the hall, saying that it would be “prepared” for me. Office workers moved back and forth across the hall and Amantea resi- dents came and went with their own business to settle. We waited in the hall. A man from the second office came out to say he was working on it. The woman who helped us first came out to check on us, then went to the second office to check on the man. Although she had said at first that she didn’t speak English, more and more understandable words were coming forth. I didn’t mind waiting, but I was beginning to wonder how long it took to make photocopies. After half an hour we were summoned into the second (air-con- ditioned) office and offered seats. The man, Signore Morelli, was at his com- puter with a large, very old record book open next to him. I could see that it was filled with spidery handwriting, and there were more books just like it in ViewPoints 32 an open cupboard up high. Although I couldn’t understand exactly Though I’m teaching in the 1st grade, I will encourage the 4th what was happening, I figured out that he was taking the informa- grade to ask questions about their background now, rather than tion in the old town record books and typing it onto a form which wait until it’s too late. And I would love to be able to go into that he then printed out for me. The documents were stamped several room once in a while during their unit on immigration to help them times with various official looking rubber stamps of certification, with Ellis Island research. It isn’t impossible to find out about your and with a big smile he handed me two copies of my grandfather’s ancestors when you don’t speak the language well and don’t have a birth certificate. I was speechless. When Lou asked how much, whole lot of information to go on. I had a name and a birthdate, “Quanto costa?” the man did the Italian hand wave – “No, no!” that’s all. And if they are interested, when their parents are plan- There were handshakes all around and I managed to hold my tears ning vacations, they can suggest going to the “old country” rather until we got outside. I honestly didn’t think that what had just hap- than Disneyworld. I wish I could have taken my kids with me on pened was possible. We crossed the street to the scenic overlook, this trip, but maybe someday we can all go together. with all of “new” Amantea down below and the abandoned castello And so, in addition to obtaining the information I could only above, to get myself together and reflect for a moment. I was stand- hope to find, I was able to do something that no one else in my ing in the middle of the town where my grandfather was born, a de- family has done, thanks to the Fiore Fellowship. I walked the streets tail that was unknown until a few minutes earlier. I now knew his that my grandfather (and great-grandparents) walked before he parents’ names, also new information. It was an amazing feeling of came to America to begin a new life. I know he was there, and 107 connection, and suddenly this long, expensive adventure was more years later, I was too. successful than I had dared to hope. Giuditta Florio Toscano 26 luglio, 2010 After all it s Italy As I went through our photos when we got home, it was obvious that we had both taken lots of Italian scenery and sunsets, and we took pictures of our dinners most nights. But then how can you write about Italy without mentioning the food? ViewPoints 33 Parents’ Association Over $82,000 Raised to Support Academic Program! -David C. Hannon, Director of Development Historic Branford House on the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus was the scene for Pine I Point’s first benefit dinner dance and auction (dubbed “An Evening by the Sea”) since the 50th Anniver- sary Gala in 1999. Organizing Committee I n the late fall of 2009, a committee was formed by members of the Parents’ Association to discuss the idea of holding an event that would bring together the Pine Point and ex- tended community and raise significant funds for the School. And it needed to be fun. The members of that group, all of whom possess a deep devotion to Pine Point and a “can do” spirit, were energized by the prospect as well as the obvious challenge that lay before them in Alexandra Alpert pulling it off in less than five months. To say that they succeeded in their goals would be an Susan DeMovick understatement. With 220 guests in attendance, the energy in the room was palpable and the mix of peo- Anne Fix ’76 ple (parents, past parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, community leaders, an actual auc- tioneer drawn from the parent body, and even two couples whose children wouldn’t be Pine Geraldine Griffin Point students until September!) left folks feeling very good about our school. Every aspect of David Hannon the Gala − the venue, the food, volunteer support, music, the auctioneer, the weather, and the range of auction items − came together to make for one of the most memorable evenings Barbara Silver Holt in the history of Pine Point. Sally Mackillop It was a marvelous affair from the moment guests arrived at the Branford House. The sun was shining brightly, offering a light and warmth that often is uncharacteristic of New England Debbie O’Brien in late April. Linda Sample and her talented catering staff that make up A Thyme to Cook of- Jennifer Parsons fered a range of delectable foods inspired by the cuisine of Asia, the Mediterranean, and South Africa. Guests enjoyed a variety of local wines and ales respectively produced by Kimberly Rick Jonathan Edwards Winery and Cottrell Brewing Company. During the cocktail hour we were Jennifer Schwindt treated to the splendid music of pianist Glenn Hardy, and when the auction was over, DJ Charles Crawford of Ultimate Party Masters got lots of folks onto the dance floor. ViewPoints 34 osts H MagnificentGala Much of the Gala was built around the auction. The commit- tee offered over 60 silent auction items on which to bid. As well, students in each of the twelve grades, with help from their teach- ers and parents, put together unique class projects, which, not surprisingly, generated strong interest from the parents in atten- dance that night (and even some who placed silent bids in the days leading up the event). There were also ten fabulous live auction items, each of which generated a buzz in the room as donors, energized by the opportunity to secure the item while at the same time helping the School, sought to make the winning bid. Pine Point was blessed to have parent Geraldine Griffin, a senior vice president at Sotheby’s, as its auctioneer for the night. Benefactors One of the keys to running a successful special event is to be able to underwrite the fixed costs before you “open the doors.” The families, busi- nesses, and groups listed below made it possi- ble through their generosity. Nicky Newbery modeling for the live auction Platinum ($5,000 or above) DeMovick Real Estate Design Development and Sales By the end of the night, it was determined that over Pine Point School Board of Trustees $82,000 had been raised in net income to support the entire program at Pine Point! Of that amount, $11,100 Gold ($2,500-$4,999) was committed by inspired auction bidders to purchase Class of 2009 Parents 20 Apple iPads for use in the classrooms. That new technology is in place and already being used by our students across the grade levels. Our heartfelt thanks Silver ($1,000-$2,499) go out to everyone who made the Gala such a stunning Noank Village Boatyard success. (A list of all donors to “An Evening by the Mr. and Mrs. John F. Pereira Sea” can be found in the “Annual Report.”) The Gala was great fun, and the spirit in the room The Petrocelli Family was infectious. Current parent Sufala Sapers summed Sea Research Foundation: Mystic Aquarium - up the feelings of so many folks when she wrote after- Institute for Exploration - Immersion Learning ward, “That was a wonderful party. People are still talk- ing about it.” In that spirit, we hope you enjoy some of Senor Flaco’s the great photos that were taken that night. The Up River Café ViewPoints 35 An Evening by the Donna Romito Rolla and Bethany Seidel Sea Cindy Oksanen, Patty Kitchings Mr. T shows off the guitar signed by the Jonas Brothers Danielle Helbig with Betty and Ron Helibg ’81 Kim Rick and Debbie O’Brien Dave Schulz and Karen Stone Chudy Nduaka and Kevin Bowdler ViewPoints 36 Auctioneer Geraldine Griffin Roy and Valerie Grimm with Gillian Crawford, and Karen Lovell Paul Geise Andrew and Danielle Helbig, Dionne and Rodney Butler, Alex Alpert, and Susan DeMovick Alice Groton with Jeanne and Harvey Barbara Timken and DeMovick Elizabeth Tobin Brown ‘Having you here with us at the beautiful Branford House is a true testament to our shared love of Pine Point. We have not held an event like this in over a decade, but clearly the time had come….Words seem inadequate to describe the gratitude we feel towards the philanthropists in our community who have pledged their support to Pine Point through this event. Our hope is that the result of our fundraising will be children with strong minds and caring hearts for years to come.” -Debbie O’Brien and Jennifer Schwindt, Parents’ Association Co-Presidents Deborah and Chuck Royce with Angela Merrick Alpert Kanabis ’87 and with Dionne and Bill Griffin Rodney Butler ViewPoints 37 Matt and Amy Amaro Paul Geise, Steve Coan, Steve and Maggie White, and Patti Coan Mildred and Cindy Oksanen and Tom Goebel Ted Liston with “I am truly inspired by the tireless Brooke Conley energy and effort of so many kind souls, who, on behalf and in support of Pine Point, helped ensure the great success of this gala.” -Paul Geise, Head of School Susan DeMovick and Enid Ford Jim Funk and Ben Philbrick Dan Rick and Kimberly Fullerton Anderson ’85 Norly Bohling and Bob Anderson ’84 Alex Alpert and Barb Holt ViewPoints 38 Sally Mackillop, Charles Lord and Patti Compton Joan Wiles and Elizabeth Susan Funk and Jim Reid with Karen and Keith LaRose (All photos by Kerilynn Antoch) Beth and Peter Gianacoplos Nancy Neff and Janet Hinkle Geoff Little and Meg Lyons Betsy and Tom Moukawsher Lara and Garth Dolphin Linda Goddard with Julius George Bourganos, Jim and Dee Buffum, and Penny Vlahos Deborah Royce with Jennifer and Dan King Lee Hisle and David Rosenberg ViewPoints 39 Donations Top $1 Million Annual Fund Goes Over $300,000! -David C. Hannon, Director of Development I n the midst of what remains a challenging environment, members of the Pine Point family continue to show their devotion to the School. For just the fourth time in the School’s history, fund-raising totals eclipsed the million dollar mark; to be exact we closed having raised $1,043,197. (The two best efforts came in 2006 and 2007 when we were still engaged in a capital campaign. In those years donors respectively made gifts of $1,060,000 and $1,951,000.) It was with our Annual Fund that we saw our greatest success, and so the article by Shelly Banjo (“Donations Slip Amid Anxiety”) that appeared in The Wall Street Journal (June 9, 2010) served as a real counterpoint to the state of giving at our school. Banjo reported: “Faced with continued economic uncertainty, Americans cut back on In last year’s Annual Report we alerted you to a $250,000 grant their charitable giving again last year. For the second year in a row, from The Forrest C. and Frances H. Lattner Foundation in support of philanthropy has seen the deepest decline ever recorded by the Giv- Pine Point’s sustainability efforts. That foundation once again made a ing USA Foundation, which has tracked annual giving since 1956. grant of equal value to keep us headed in the right direction. More Donations fell 3.6% to $303.75 billion last year, down from $315 bil- and more, institutions are coming to realize that some of the most lion in 2008, according to the latest Giving USA study. In 2008, impacting gains are to be found in the area of greater efficiencies. they were down 2%. Giving, in current dollars, has gone up every While not glamorous, a portion of the Lattner grant was utilized this year the organization has measured it except 1987 and the past two past year to replace the aging heating system in the Mitchell Build- years.” Two weeks later, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that ing. While the boiler was only twenty-three years old, its best days “the number of donors supporting annual funds has been on the de- were in the past. When folks saw the puffs of black smoke coming cline for a few years.” out of the chimney, they elicited two responses. The first was the very When the word “billions” is used it’s sometimes hard to see where obvious, “Oh, that’s not good.” That quickly was followed by a ques- our little school fits in that mix, but it’s all relative. The fact of the tion. “How are we going to pay for that?” The Lattner funds helped to matter is that in 2009-10, 534 members of the Pine Point family substantially decrease our fuel usage and pollutants. And with sen- made a gift to the Annual Fund, making clear how they feel about the sors on the unit, our students are able to monitor the system to School and what it’s accomplishing in the lives of today’s Pine Point gauge its output. Lattner funds were also used to conduct a campus- students. It’s wonderful to be able to report that total giving to the wide audit that will help the Board of Trustees in their decision-mak- Annual Fund increased by 35% to $304,982! This marks the fourth ing as they consider steps to be taken in both the short and the year in a row that the fund, which impacts everything from classroom long-term. instruction to financial aid, has set a record. Last, but not least, if you happened to be at the fabulous Gala that was sponsored by our Parents’ Association, you know that it was quite a night for Pine Point. The energy in the room that night was Annual Fund infectious and everyone left feeling that they had been part of some- thing really special. It didn’t hurt that the event raised over $82,000 in net income for Pine Point plus 20 iPads for the students’ use. Though the fund-raising numbers are important, it’s what they help to accomplish that’s the real cause for celebration. Kate Perkins, grandmother of rising 2nd grader Jack Carver Ryan ’19, put it best when she wrote in late June: “What fabulous news that the Annual Fund has reached the highest point in the School's history! Pine Point's real ‘victory’, however, is its wonderful preparation of children for higher education and life!” While the success of the Annual Fund is certainly worth high- While Pine Point has been accomplishing great things with chil- lighting, there’s more great news to share. A past parent and her dren for over 60 years, we are still in many ways a small school. We family came forward and made a $200,000 gift establishing a new can’t rest for a moment in our work to ensure its vitality. In this last endowment fund supporting financial aid. At a time when Pine Point year, 629 people made a gift to the School. To this group, I extend (and every school across the country) is seeing greater demands from our great thanks for your faithfulness. If you haven’t made Pine Point its families for help, this was indeed welcome news. At the end of a priority with your philanthropy, I hope this will be the year that you June, Pine Point’s endowment stood at $1.7 million. join the ranks of those who care so deeply about Pine Point. ViewPoints 40 2009-2010 Annual Report (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010) ANNUAL FUND $304,982 The Davis K. Knox ’04 $200,000 SPECIAL EVENTS $129,866 Alumni $26,105 Financial Aid Fund Golf Tournament $21,105 Businesses $10,454 DeMovick Early Childhood Center $83,422 K-1 Quilt Raffle $5,790 Faculty/Staff $38,382 The E3 Center for Innovation $250,000 Parents Association Gala $102,651 Foundations $39,623 Jules X. Escorcio-Schneider ’86 Fund $2,560 Summer Reception $320 Friends $16,234 Fiore Foundation Fund $10,000 Grandparents $24,140 General Endowment $750 Parents $86,227 The Humphreville Endowment $100 All dollar figures presented in this box represent Past Faculty/Staff $5,557 Instruction $2,900 new commitments in support of the School. Past Grandparents $2,450 Marshall G. McKim ‘84 Fund $300 Past Parents $55,715 Richard Mitchell Fund $1,000 Donor names presented in the following pages re- Students $95 Restricted $40,717 flect all new gifts and pledge payments made in Russel T. Miller ’55 Fund $100 the last fiscal year. RESTRICTED GIFTS $613,349 Helen L. Petty Book Fund $200 The Alan Banister Endowment $200 Pine Point Endowment for the $50 A listing of Honorary and In Memoriam Gifts can for the Teaching of Science Visual and Performing Arts be found on page 47. Loring M. Bailey, Jr. ’59 Fund $100 Scholarship $15,500 Frances and Jack Brown Fund $200 Robbie Campbell ’76 Fund $250 Total Giving $1,043,197 Annual Fund HEAD OF SCHOOL’S CIRCLE ($10,000 and above) Harvey and Jeanne DeMovick, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Coan Paul and Robin Geise Dorothy B. Leib Dennis and Deborah O’Brien Charlie Gill and Linda Goddard Bill and Geraldine Griffin Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce Josh Welch and Alejandra de Losada Leslie and Michael Hawley Barb Silver Holt & Harry Holt Holstein Foundation Sandy Walton PINE POINT PARTNERS ($5,000-$9,999) Sarah Kelly & Kenneth Sigel Victor K. Atkins, Jr. Susan Kozel BENEFACTORS ($1,000-$1,499) Alan and Patience Banister Paul and Janice Long Merrick and Alexandra Alpert Georgina Miller Bissell Page and Diana Owen Drs. Matthew and Amy Amaro Mr. and Mrs. Julian E. Gillespie Cassandra White Sweeney ‘73 Susan Blair ‘65 Chuck and Kathie Glew Feng Bian and Lingyu Zhu Pamela Brewster ‘71 Mrs. Joan B. Gray Peter and Candace Briggs Christopher and Fiona Hilton FOUNDERS GROUP ($1,949-$2,499) Mr. and Mrs. James C. Buffum Jennifer and Daniel King Ratna Bindra ‘87 and Raja Mukherjee Jak and David Cruthers Patricia C. Kitchings The Linhares Family John “J.B.” Daukas ‘77 Theodore Liston and Cynthia Oksanen Aaron McBride ‘89 Dog Watch Café Montauk Foundation Thomas and Betsy Moukawsher Drs. Lisa and Bill Donovan John and Sandy Pereira Hugh and Debbie O’Brien Carl and Dot Reiser Ardice and John Perry Bob and Nancy Schachner Gordon and Lynne Ringer David Schulz and Karen Stone Barbara Timken 1948 SOCIETY ($1,500-$1,948) Cy and Maury Anfindsen PINE POINT PATRONS ($2,500-$4,999) Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Butler Anonymous Drs. Anca Bulgaru & Constantin Carseli Eddie and Julie Abbiati Dr. and Mrs. Andrew H. Griscom ‘75 Loma and Frederic Carlson Christopher and Caitlin Hurtgen Each year in the Annual Report we offer art that is representative of a particular grade’s course of study. (Last year, we presented the 5th grade’s focus on vertebrates.) As with so many of the units that make up the cur- riculum, the students’ study brought together a number of different disciplines. Each year, as part of the music curriculum, the 8th grade studies composers. The images presented are rendered by the students of a composer done in the style of a particular artist. No doubt years from now Hannah Long will be able to pro- vide a wealth of information on Georg Friedrich Händel and Roy Lichtenstein. Trying to select which paint- ings to highlight was difficult indeed. All were fantastic! Händel (Roy Lichtenstein) - Hannah Long ‘11 ViewPoints 41 Thank You! Your Gift Makes a Difference Every Day at Pine Point. BENEFACTORS ($1,000-$1,499) (Continued) Drs. George Bourganos & Penny Vlahos Gloria M. Meyers Marcia and Jack Fix Anne Fix ‘76 and Kevin Bowdler Nancy and Brian Neff Reginald H. Fullerton, Jr. Brian S. Bronk and Dianne K. Bryce Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Owen Alan ‘71 and Sue Gardiner Nick and Camille Burlingham Katherine Hull Perkins Beth and Peter Gianacoplos David and Heather Burnham James and Dina Petrosky Ron ‘81 and Betty Helbig Michael and Lynne Butler Vic and Claire Pleskun Lifetouch National School Studios Sharan A. Carney & Dennis A. Holt Jim and Elizabeth Reid Patricia Macek Thomas R. Castle ‘67 & Dorrit P. Castle Hamilton Salsich Patsy Marshall Sally and Tom Cogan Benjamin and Sufala Sapers Ronald and Jacqueline Meneo Kevin and Mary Collins David and Jennifer Schwindt Chudy I. Nduaka James A. Corwin ‘69 Lisa and Stephen Scott John Pagnozzi and Kathleen Schwam Ardelle F. Darling Carol H. Smith Donna C. Parssinen ‘80 Galan ‘78 and Denise Daukas Joe Staley Robert ‘81 and Carla Petrocelli Susan and Harvey DeMovick, III ‘87 Alix and Janie Stanley Mrs. Leonard J. Raymond Lou and Sandy Doboe Donna and Jim Weeks Daniel and Kimberly Rick Dr. and Mrs. Francis Y. Falck, Jr. Anne Holmes White William Rolla & Dr. Donna Romito Rolla Anh Tran and Xiang Gao Jonathan White and Ruth Saunders Senor Flaco’s General William Mayer Foundation Priscilla M. Winn Diane Corwin Seltzer ‘67 & Mark Seltzer Mr. and Mrs. Lester Gorin Gregory and Barbara Young Phil and Starr White Snead ‘66 Jack and Stephanie Gosselin Andrew and Susan Zimbelmann Betsy Trimble ‘77 and Michael Feltes Ann Gray ‘73 & James Royle The Up River Cafe and Cocktail Bar John ‘73 and Alice Groton HOUGHTON CIRCLE ($250-$499) William and Susan Verhoeff George Haines ‘55 Richard Arms III ‘87 Travis and Carrie Wager Mr. and Mrs. Robert Helbig Ivy and Anne Bartholet John and Lisa West Lizanne Holland Philip Biondo and Catherine Robbins John A. Wilson Simon and Alison Holt Kip Bochain ‘01 Jenny and Adam Wronowski ‘87 Norman Jason Louise Desjardins and Jacques Brunswick Drs. Insu Kong and Mary Minn Susan Buse MAJOR DONORS ($500-$999) Kathy and Connie Kronholm Joe and Dode Carr Anonymous John and Mona Kronholm John and Laurie D’Amato Richard and Susan Arms Mark and Maryellen Lamson Robert and Lorilee Darling Kimber L. Barnett Keith and Karen LaRose Mr. and Mrs. Vernon A. Davidson Daniel P. and Cynthia M. Benfield Charles Lord and Patti Compton Frederick and Patricia DeMary Brad and Mimi Borden Susan Mayer Dave and Jayne Douglas Gopa and Arindam Bose The John & Karin McCormick Foundation Raymond F. DuBois, Jr. ‘61 Roy Dubs ViewPoints 42 GREEN AND GOLD TEAM ($100-$249) Sami A. & Vanessa Oat Ghantous ‘90 Anonymous (2) Richard Gildersleeve ‘53 Annual Fund Binti and John Ackley Ahold Financial Services Ken and Margo Godfrey Michael and Maureen Gosselin Elaine M. Anderson ‘86 Dr. Brendan C. Gouin ‘98 Highlights Kerilynn Antoch Stephen Antoch Bruce Gouin and Christine Benoit Marilyn M. Graham Mr. and Mrs. Harold Baker Stefanie Pluschkell & Raymond Greene Total gifts increased by $79,056 or 35% to Sheilia Terranova Beattie ’78 & Tom Beattie Cecelia Bookataub Grills Deborah and David Bell Royden and Valerie Grimm $304,982. Dean and Sheila Bennett Anne and Doug Hagen Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Bianco Will Hagen ‘05 Of the 534 donors, 56 were new donors. Thorr Bjorn ‘83 Bill and Sharon Hall Rev. and Mrs. Eric F. Blackwell Sally D. Halsey The average gift was $571. Dr. Melinda Blum & Dr. Thomas Blum Alice L. Hanson ’88 Mr. and Mrs. David Bourque Stanley and Alice Harris The faculty/staff gave over $38,000. Doug, Cathy, and Sarah Brandt ‘07 Tom and Mary Hatfield Leslie Ahern Brown ‘64 Within the parent body, the 7th grade par- Jeff and Janet Buckley ents boasted the best participation rate with Charles and Jane Buffum 82% making a contribution. Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Buffum Laurel A. Butler ‘72 & Chris Daniels The average gift from alumni increased 19% Erin C. Call & Jay Frink to $191. Catherine Planeta Campbell ‘86 Thomas J. Capalbo, III, Esq. ‘98 193 donors have made a gift for 5 consecu- The Carbonneau Family tive years. 81 donors have made a gift for 10 Betsy Carr consecutive years. Rich and Denny Caruso James A. Catalfimo The most important gift? The one you make! Frank and Margaret Church Karen Church ‘83 Paul Connor ‘58 HOUGHTON CIRCLE ($250-$499) (Continued) Michael and Leslie Dameron Linnea Corwin Elrington ‘77 John and Virginia Daukas Pamela A. Farr Judy Davis Peter and Anne-Marie Fleming Julie ‘89 and Juan DelPrado Beth and Dave Garbo Laurie Desiderato ‘73 Mrs. Julian Gillespie, Jr. Tim and Cynthia Desmond Randy Greene ‘63 Rolando and Rosa Diaz Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gregerson Lara and Garth Dolphin Mr. and Mrs. William J. Griffin, III Sue and Owen Ehrlich David and Jane Hannon Mary M. Ely Copland (Escher) - Luke Butler ‘11 Eleanor Harvey Lisa M. Staley Walter C. Hay, III ‘76 Monica and Frank Eppinger David ‘65 and Jacquelyn Hemond Mr. and Mrs. Dirk t.D. Held Tony Featherston and Helen Roy W. Lee Hisle and Julie Worthen Robert and Susanne Knisley Sue and Bob Ferrara Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Hodgson Harry and Alice Lam Norma N. Ficcardi Rev. Dr. Lynne C. Holden Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Lamont Joan Humphreville Fitzgibbon ‘65 Heather R. Honiss ‘96 Jennifer (Niffy) Powers Ligeti ‘81 John and Barbara Foster Peter W. and Ana P. Hoops Geoffrey Little and Meg Lyons John and Erica Eppinger Fox ‘88 Alan N. Houghton Bruce and Catherine Littman Patsy Fritzsche Jessie Hoyt ‘92 Peggy Lukens Kate Murphy Gardner ‘94 Robert A. Humphreville ‘73 Mr. and Mrs. Gregory W. Martin Meredith Jason ‘79 Richard and Linda Mitchell Kathleen G. Johnson Merrill and Margaret Moone Robert Johnson and Patricia Burr Josh and Jennifer Parsons Tom and Dottie Kelsey Ellie Peterson Chris Knisley ‘78 Evan and Jackie Rogers Eric and Laura Kronholm Mr. Edwin L. Russell & Ms. Kim Rayner Peri Powell Lagassa ‘63 David Smith ‘69 and Robin Smith Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Lamb Paresh and Manju Soni Elizabeth Langille Dr. George A. Sprecace Andrew and Lynne Langlois Cynthia Stein Therrien ‘73 Jenny D. Lassen Nicholas and Eileen Utter Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Lawton Daniel and Carol Viccione Barbara and Allen Leadbetter Dr. and Mrs. John C. Wiles ‘60 Mary Lenihan Marcy Withington and Dave Kelsey Reid and Linda MacCluggage Dr. and Mrs. Richard Withington Frank and Cathy Marco Mary Denny Wray Megan Marco and Noah Schappa Charlie and Debbie Wright Hugh A. Marshall ‘81 Paul Marshall ‘71 Mr. and Mrs. Brian McCormick ‘90 Gershwin (Matisse) - Nolan Burkholder ‘11 Ellen Humphreville McGuire ‘68 & James McGuire ViewPoints 43 Lillian H. Tang ‘65 Doug and Tricia DeLapp Judy Toscano Olivia Rose Denison ‘09 Lou Toscano Wendy Brakenridge Diffley ‘81 Jim and Sue Tremble Nathaniel P. Dodge ‘56 Nancy Parssinen Vespoli ‘70 George and Dorothy Dunnington Blunt ‘69 and Nancy White Frederick C. Eckel, Jr. ‘60 Katherine S. White ‘70 Evan Ehrlich ‘06 William King White ‘81 Lucy R. Featherston ‘13 Bruce and Nanette Williams Riley R. Featherston ‘08 Christie Max Williams & Catharine Moffett Bruce and Pamela Fellman Pauline B. Wood, M.D. Carol Finkelman Jenna Worthen Tiffany Barres Foley ‘98 Heather Lofkin Wright ‘87 Lucy ‘96 and Michael Freitas Cornelia Petty Young ‘69 Jim Friedlander ‘60 Jack Frost ‘62 CIRCLE OF FRIENDS ($1.00-$99) Arianna E. Funk ‘00 Anonymous Nathaniel T. Funk ‘04 Audrey and Ed Adam Suzanne Colegrove Gally ‘53 DeBussy (Van Gogh) - Matt Owen ‘11 Alma C. Alpert Abby and Bill Gibney Donald and Ada Amaro Global Youth Leadership Institute Karen Anderson Sheila and Irv Goldman GREEN AND GOLD TEAM ($100-$249) (Continued) Kimberly Fullerton Anderson ’85 and Robert Anderson ‘84 Audrey Golub Frank Menniti and Sandra Miller Paul S. Andrews, II ’61 Katie Goode Christopher J. Mitchell ‘87 Carol and Walter Ansel Alex Gosselin ‘06 Jon Mitchell and Jenny Doak Mr. and Mrs. Herbert M. Atherton Annick Gouin ‘99 Susan and Tony Mitchell Alicia Banister ‘97 Priscilla Griscom Dorothea Moore ‘67 David Banister ‘91 Julia Griswold Liza Moore ‘74 Sarah H. Banister ‘94 Laura Hagen ‘06 William and Deborah Morehead Bank Square Books Virginia Haines ‘65 Joan Morgan ‘68 Mike and Judy Barber Kate Coggeshall Hammatt ‘56 Dr. and Mrs. George T. Nager Peter ‘76 and Amy Barry Eliza J. Hannon ‘03 Mary Helen Neuendorffer-Taylor Lisa Tepper Bates and Scott Bates Molly B. Hannon ‘06 Mr. Zhan Ning and Dr. Mei Li Ingrid S. Beach Fred Hartman ‘76 Margo Novak and Andy Gifford Teddy Benfield ‘08 Matthew Hemond ’94 Mr. and Mrs. John C. O’Brien Thomas Benfield ‘10 Amy Leadbetter Higgs ‘85 Julie A. Olson Mary Dorsey Boatwright ‘61 Lillian Hinkle ’10 Joan Schwartz O’Neill ‘75 Neal Bobruff ‘73 & Jane Lassen Bobruff ‘75 Betty J. Hisle Harry H. Orenstein, M.D. ‘68 Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. Boggs Cindy Holland ‘20 Kim Anker Paddon Duncan J. Brown ‘08 Bob Holland ‘17 Cris Palmer ‘79 Elizabeth Tobin Brown Wendy Hunter-Higgins ‘67 Lauren Edelstein Park ‘81 N. Morgan Buffum ’10 Astrea S. Hupfel David C. Perkins Caroline Burlingham ‘09 Tom and Nancy Hurtgen Miles N. Peterle ‘73 Elma Burnham ‘06 Maria Iacoi Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Petrosky Brianna L. Carbonneau ‘99 Paul and Sarah Janssens George and Helen Quallich Jay Carbonneau ‘02 Dr. and Mrs. Donald H. Kaplan L. Bagley Reid Louise V. Card Larry ‘73 and Lisa Kaplan Betsey Hofer Rice ‘61 Asia S. Carter ’10 Diane Klotz Rebecca Richardson Jason Carter ‘95 Christine Kong ‘07 Gordon J. Ringer Jr. Nathan Clough ‘98 Jef Kurfess ‘61 Phil and Masha Robarts Richard and Catherine Conant Blair Eddy Lake ’81 and Steven Lake The Robbin Family Gillian and Charles Crawford Laurie Jean Lamb ‘68 Ward Robbins Leota Daniel Lands’ End, Inc. Sam Rodman James Larkin ‘95, Laurie and Rick Larkin Bruce and Debbie Rogers Mary M. Lassen ‘68 Dr. Vincent R. Rogers Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Leary Sylvia O. Rosenberg Daniel Leech ‘88 Areerat and Daniel Royle Linda and Peter Lindquist Linda Sample Ekaterina Litvinova Gabriella P. Schlesinger Gay S. Long Clarence and Connie Schulz Amanda Wood Lopardo ‘89 Robert N. Schwartz ‘73 Sylvia Lynch ‘62 Regan and Chris Seymour Kate MacCluggage ‘97 Margaret M. Shorrock Aberdam-Makover Family Joan Sindall and MacGregor Freeman Lisa McCormick Mannix ‘87 Susan Sindall and Peter Schickele Mary Marsicano Sabra L. Smith ‘74 Marnie McKay ‘93 Ray and Janine Srour Megan McKay ‘97 Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Staley Molly McKay John and Marilyn Starr Danica F. Mitchell ’06 Elizabeth Steward Mohegan Flowers & Gifts, LLC Cindy Jason Sullivan ‘76 Matthew J. Moore ’85 Emma M. Sutphen ‘08 Chris and Edie Morren John and Eunice Sutphen Mozart (Jasper Johns) - Cooper Feltes ‘11 ViewPoints 44 Alumni Giving (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010) The following alumni made gifts to the Annual Fund and/or the endowment. Class of ‘53 Class of ‘68 Class of ‘77 Daniel Leech Class of ‘01 Suzanne Colegrove Gally Laurie Jean Lamb J.B. Daukas Chloe Potter Kip Bochain Richard Gildersleeve Mary M. Lassen Linnea Corwin Elrington Katherine Seltzer Ellen Humphreville McGuire* Betsy Trimble* Class of ‘89 Class of ‘55 Joan Morgan Julie Wright DelPrado Class of ‘02 George Haines Harry H. Orenstein, M.D. Class of ‘78 Amanda Wood Lopardo Jay Carbonneau Henry R. Palmer, III Sheilia Terranova Beattie Aaron McBride Class of ‘56 Galan Daukas Class of ‘03 Nathaniel P. Dodge Class of ‘69 Chris Knisley* Class of ‘90 Eliza J. Hannon Kate Coggeshall Hammatt James A. Corwin Vanessa Oat Ghantous* Charles W. Reyburn Class of ‘79 Brian McCormick Class of ‘04 Class of ‘58 David Smith* Meredith Jason* Nathaniel T. Funk Paul Connor* Blunt White Cris Palmer Class of ‘91 Cornelia Petty Young David Banister Class of ‘05 Class of ‘60 Class of ‘80 Sarah L. Whitford Anonymous Frederick C. Eckel, Jr. Class of ‘70 Donna C. Parssinen* Erin M. Wright Will Hagen* Jim Friedlander Ken Kitchings Casey Morgan Peltier Nancy Parssinen Vespoli Class of ‘81 Class of ‘92 Class of ‘06 Daniel Potter Katherine S. White* Wendy Brakenridge Diffley Jessie Hoyt Elma Burnham* John C. Wiles Ron Helbig Zach Oat* Evan Ehrlich Class of ‘71 Blair Eddy Lake Alex Gosselin Class of ‘61 Pamela Brewster Jennifer (Niffy) Powers Ligeti Class of ‘93 Laura Hagen Paul S. Andrews Alan Gardiner Hugh A. Marshall Marnie McKay Molly B. Hannon Mary Dorsey Boatwright Paul Marshall* Lauren Edelstein Park* Elizabeth Seltzer Danica F. A. Mitchell Raymond F. DuBois, Jr. Dale Butler Zumsande Robert Petrocelli Danielle Robertson Jack Humphreville * William King White Class of ‘94 Tess Adelle Moffett Williams Jef Kurfess Class of ‘72 Sarah H. Banister Elaine Creasman Penn Laurel A. Butler Class of ‘83 Kate Murphy Gardner* Class of ‘07 Betsey Hofer Rice Marcia M. Schaller Thorr Bjorn Matthew Hemond Sarah Brandt Karen Church* Christine Kong Class of ‘62 Class of ‘73 Class of ‘95 Jack Frost Neal Bobruff Class of ‘83 Jason Carter Class of ‘08 Sylvia Lynch Clay Burkhalter Daniel Wood* James Larkin Teddy Benfield Peter Wiles Laurie Desiderato Jonathan Seltzer Duncan J. Brown Ann Gray Class of ‘84 Ana Ursin-Nichols Tiwathia Riley R. Featherston Class of ‘63 John Groton Bob Anderson* Brian Reubelt Randy Greene Robert A. Humphreville Ethan Perry Class of ‘96 Emma M. Sutphen Peri Powell Lagassa Larry Kaplan Lucy Whitford Freitas Mary Jo Pucci Orsinger Miles N. Peterle Class of ‘85 Heather R. Honiss* Class of ‘09 Lisa Card Rapoza Kimberly Fullerton Anderson Lydia Paddon Caroline Burlingham Class of ‘64 Robert N. Schwartz Amy Leadbetter Higgs* Olivia Rose Denison Leslie Ahern Brown Cassandra White Sweeney Matthew J. Moore Class of ‘97 Tim O’Brien Michael Petty* Cynthia Stein Therrien* Giselle Potter Alicia Banister Kate Scott Adam T. Sprecace Kate MacCluggage* Kyle Sebastian* Class of ‘65 Class of ‘74 Erika Wood Megan McKay Sarah Mariah Shourds Susan Blair Liza Moore Hannah Staley* Joan Humphreville Fitzgibbon Sabra L. Smith Class of ‘86 Class of ‘98 Virginia Haines Elaine M. Anderson* Thomas J. Capalbo, III, Esq. Class of ‘10 David Hemond* Class of ‘75 Catherine Planeta Campbell Nathan Clough Thomas Benfield Lillian H. Tang Jane Lassen Bobruff Tiffany Barres Foley* Morgan Buffum Wick York G. Stuart Campbell Class of ‘87 Brendan C. Gouin Asia Carter Andy Griscom Richard Arms III Denise Paddon Lily Hinkle Class of ‘66 Joan Schwartz O’Neill Ratna Bindra Gillian Sulick* Maddy Neff Robert Collier Harvey DeMovick, III Matt Wright Julia Pereira Starr White Snead* Class of ‘76 Lisa McCormick Mannix Joseph Rosen* Peter Barry Christopher J. Mitchell Class of ‘99 Class of ‘67 Anne Fix Kirsten Fullerton Stephens Brianna L. Carbonneau Class of 2013 Thomas R. Castle Fred Hartman Heather Lofkin Wright Annick Gouin Lucy Featherston Wendy Hunter-Higgins* Walter C. Hay, III Adam Wronowski Dorothea Moore Cindy Jason Sullivan* Class of ‘00 Diane Corwin Seltzer* Class of ‘88 Arianna E. Funk* Christopher O. Utter Erica Eppinger Fox* Molly Paddon Alice L. Hanson * = Class Agent ViewPoints 45 CIRCLE OF FRIENDS ($1.00-$99) (Continued) Gillian Sulick ‘98 Laurie Mortrude Target, Inc. Madeline F. Neff ’10 Nicky and David Newbery Maya ‘13 and Mason Thieme ‘17 Addie and Wilson Tucker Did you know Zach Oat ‘92 Ana Ursin-Nichols Tiwathia ‘95 Did you know that last year 17% of all Tim O’Brien ‘09 Christopher O. Utter ‘67 Annual Fund donors (up from 12% in Mel and Dorothy Olsson Barbara and Ned Whitford the previous year) made their gift Mary Jo Pucci Orsinger ‘63 & Victor Orsinger Sarah L. Whitford ‘91 online and that the average online Denise Paddon ‘98 Pat Wilbur Lydia Paddon ‘96 Peter Wiles ‘62 Annual Fund gift was $442 (up from Molly Paddon ‘00 Gary and Jean Williams $303)? The next time you’re thinking Henry R. Palmer, III ‘68 Tess Adelle Moffett Williams ‘06 about making your gift to Pine Point, Dorothy H. Papp Erin M. Wright ‘91 consider using our safe and secure John J. Papp Matt Wright ‘98 online capabilities. Online gifts save Bill and Jamie Peirce Wick York ‘65 Casey Morgan Peltier ‘60 Anne d. Zogbaum the School postage, it’s easier on Ms. Elaine Creasman Penn ‘61 Dale Butler Zumsande ‘71 the environment, and we can Julia G. Pereira ’10 immediately put your gift to work! Ethan Perry ‘84 Matching Gift Companies Dominion Nuclear Connecticut Google Merrill and Margaret Moone Merrill Lynch & Company The Pfizer Foundation Pfizer Quest Diagnostics The Humphreville Endowment Reid and Riege Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John Humphreville ’61 United Technologies Wells Fargo Instruction Alan and Patience Banister RESTRICTED John Pagnozzi and Kathleen Schwam Loring M. Bailey, Jr. ’59 Scholarship Fund The Tillman-Brown Family Daniel Adams Seth and Catherine Adams The Davis K. Knox ‘04 Financial Aid Fund Tara and Garrett Hofer Chester Kitchings Family Foundation Paul and Robin Geise Library/Technology Center The Alan Banister Endowment for the Chester Kitchings Family Foundation Teaching of Science Patricia Kitchings Alan and Patience Banister General William Mayer Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce Frances and Jack Brown Fund The Tillman-Brown Family Marshall G. McKim ’84 Fund Stravinsky (Picasso) - Chris Collins ‘11 Alan and Patience Banister Robbie Campbell ’76 Fund Tom and Sassy Dodd Marcy Woolworth Porter G. Stuart Campbell ’75 Chloe Potter ’88 Russel T. Miller ’55 Fund Daniel Potter ‘60 and Marya Ursin DeMovick Early Childhood Center Richard Gildersleeve ’53 Giselle Potter ’85 Alan and Patience Banister Mary G. Raftery Drs. George Bourganos and Penny Vlahos Richard W. Mitchell Fund for Teaching Excellence Lisa Card Rapoza ‘73 Brightman Hill Charitable Foundation Anne Sanger Brian Reubelt ‘08 Robert Collier ’66 & Diane G.W. Collier Charles W. Reyburn ‘69 Coventry Health Care, Inc. Helen L. Petty Book Fund Ann Reynolds Harvey and Jeanne DeMovick, Jr. Michael Petty ’64 Danielle Robertson ‘06 Wendy Hunter-Higgins ’67 Cornelia Petty Young ’69 Rosemary and Skip Robertson Thomas and Betsy Moukawsher Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rolla Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce Pine Point Endowment for the Carol Roper Anne D. Sanger Visual and Performing Arts Mrs. Robert Roper Kerilynn Antoch Joseph I. Rosen ’10 Jules X. Escorcio-Schneider ’86 Fund Marcia M. Schaller ‘72 Ana and Jeffrey Schneider Restricted Kate Scott ‘09 Edward Wozniak Alicia Z. Russell Garden Kyle Sebastian ‘09 Eddie and Julie Abbiati Jeff and Bethany Seidel The Endowment Fund Alan and Patience Banister Bob and Judy Seidel Jak and David Cruthers Erin Call & Jay Frink Elizabeth Seltzer ‘93 The Pfizer Foundation Sharan Carney & Dennis Holt Jonathan Seltzer ’95 Judy and Curt Christoffersen Katherine Seltzer ‘01 The E3 Center for Innovation Gillian and Charles Crawford Sarah Mariah Shourds ‘09 Forrest C. and Frances H. Lattner Foundation Jak and David Cruthers Evelyn Smith Michael and Leslie Dameron Lawrence and Susan Spencer Fiore Foundation Fund Paul and Robin Geise Adam T. Sprecace ’85 The Fiore Family Mr. and Mrs. Julian E. Gillespie Hannah Staley ‘09 GIVE Committee Mrs. Sigmund C. Stein General Endowment Michael and Maureen Gosselin Kirsten Fullerton Stephens ‘87 Gopa and Arindam Bose ViewPoints 46 Restricted (Continued) Parents Association Gala (An Evening by the Sea) Alicia Z. Russell Garden Anonymous Bill and Geraldine Griffin A.K. Dasher Bill and Sharon Hall A Thyme to Cook David and Jane Hannon Mary Lou Addazio Judge’s Farm (Martin Griswold ’88) Bill Adler ’59 Linda Lozis Merrick and Alexandra Alpert Patricia Macek Drs. Matthew and Amy Amaro Jon Mitchell and Jenny Doak Kimberly Fullerton Anderson ’85 Nicky and David Newbery and Robert Anderson ’84 Hugh and Debbie O’Brien Kerilynn Antoch Barbara Pattenden Alan and Patience Banister Pequot Plant Farm Bank Square Books John and Sandy Pereira Kimber L. Barnett Ardice and John Perry Lisa Tepper Bates and Scott Bates Mary G. Raftery Becky Anderson Photography Rosemary and Skip Robertson Philip Biondo and Catherine Robbins Carol Roper Block Island Express Hamilton Salsich The Blue Horse Children’s Shop Lisa and Stephen Scott The Boat House Restaurant Becca Shea Dvorák (Roy Litchenstein) - Adam Verhoeff ‘11 ) Penny A. Bodle David Smith ‘69 and Robin Smith Norly and Ronald Bohling Lou and Judy Toscano Audrey Golub (I/M of Ozzie Carney) Drs. George Bourganos & Penny Vlahos Sandy Walton David and Jane Hannon (I/M of Mark Hannon) Drs. Tamim Braish and Teresa Smolarek Gary and Jean Williams Jef Kurfess ’61 (I/M CDR and Mrs. John F. Kurfess) Pamela Brewster ‘71 Paul Zintl, the Russell Family, and Amy Zintl Aaron McBride ’81 (I/H of Dick Mitchell) Brian S. Bronk and Dianne K. Bryce Marnie McKay ’93 (I/H of the devoted staff) Elizabeth Tobin Brown Laptops (Given in Honor of the Faculty) Zach Oat ’92 (I/H of Judy Oat Toscano) Steve and Kate Brown Alan and Patience Banister Katherine Hull Perkins (I/H of Jack Carver Ryan ’19) Bruna’s Table Nick and Camille Burlingham Mrs. Robert Roper (I/H of the Hurtgen children) Mr. and Mrs. James C. Buffum Paul and Robin Geise Robert Schwartz ’73 (I/M of Ivy Bartholet) Nick and Camille Burlingham Beth and Peter Gianacoplos Joan Sindall and Mac Freeman (I/M of Jack Sindall) Mr. Richard Butler Charlie Gill and Linda Goddard Carol H. Smith (I/M of Rose M. Smith) Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Butler Jack and Stephanie Gosselin Emma Sutphen ’08 (I/H of Ham Salsich) Julie Campanaro ‘98 Christopher and Fiona Hilton Heather L. Wright ’87 (I/H of Charles N. Wright) Michael I. Campbell & Marie Jo De Maestri Chudy I. Nduaka Caruso Music John and Sandy Pereira All gifts to funds honoring Loring M. Bailey, Jr. ’59, Mr. and Mrs. David J. Catalfimo Ardice and John Perry Robbie Campbell ’76, Jules X. Escorcio-Schneider ’86, Judy and Curt Christoffersen Pine Point School Parents’ Association Neil Humphreville, Marshall G. McKim ’84, Russel T. Class of 2009 Parents David and Jennifer Schwindt Miller ’55, Richard W. Mitchell, Helen L. Petty, and Dr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Coan Barb Silver Holt & Harry Holt Alicia Z. Russell. Bill and Brooke Conley Priscilla M. Winn Conley and Maguire Miscellaneous Allena Tillman-Brown ‘95 Alan and Donna Carroll Bill and Geraldine Griffin The Katherine Tod Johnstone Society Ekaterina Litvinova Ardice and John Perry Pfizer Regan and Christine Seymour Shoreline Swing Inc. The Tillman-Brown Family United Technologies The Katherine Tod Johnstone Society honors those individuals who have made a bequest to Scholarship Pine Point or provided for the school in their estate plans with a bequest, life income gift, Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation or a charitable trust. Please consider what legacy you would like to leave at Pine Point. The Frank Loomis Palmer Fund The Tillman-Brown Family Members Honorary and In Memoriam Gifts Anonymous (3) Julie Olson Alan and Patience Banister Loring and Dorothy Bailey Miriam Patterson (I/M of Mabel Kornacki Carlson, Bob Hyde, Ratna Bindra ‘87 & Raja Mukherjee Annie Philbrick Andy Leadbetter ’89, and Irene Campbell) Hilda Brunswick Ana Schneider Holly and Jay Carbonneau Alan Houghton Starr White Snead ’66 (I/H of the great people at PPS) Susan Kozel Alix and Janie Stanley Mr. and Mrs. Vernon A. Davidson Eric Larson Talcott Stanley (I/H of Katie Sullivan ’02 & Matt Sullivan ’05) John K. Lee Scout, Smokey, and Pete Fullerton Dorothy B. Leib (I/M of Duncan) Mr. and Mrs. Paul Geise (I/H of the Faculty) Vanessa Oat Ghantous ’83 (I/M of Christopher Steven Pace, Steven Pace’s ’88 son) From tiny seedlings come majestic trees ViewPoints 47 18 th Annual Pine Point Scho Played at Stonington Country Club, the golf tournament raises 18th Annual significant funds for Pine Point and is always a great day of competition and fun. This year’s tournament netted close to Pine Point Scho $11,000, and, over the last decade, the annual event has ol Golf Tournamen grossed over $250,000! All proceeds from the tournament ben- t efit the academic program, and the Fiore Foundation Fund, Corporate Spon which supports the summer sabbatical experience of the John, Barbara & Lauren Fiore ’96 sors School’s teachers and administrators. The Holstein Fo , undation (Photos by Van Brown) Abbott G. Holst & ein ’94, Jonathan Melanie Holstein H. Holstein ’92, ’02, & Lauren Ho lstein ’99, and PROFESSI ONAL PLANNING G Comp ROUP rehensive Wealt h Managemen t RAYMOND JA ® MES FINANCIAL SE RVICES, INC. Member FINRA /SIPC 18th Annuoall New to this year’s tournament were Ormond Northup, o Pine Point Sch Rick Butler, John t Golf Tournamen Colebut, and Felix Consagna. Tee Sponsors es Alteris Renewabl A Friend r Life 2010 Society-Relay fo American Cancer Anonymous Anonymous Beth Tillman Van M. Brown, Tillman-Brown ’97 wn ’95 & Dugan Vane ssa Tillman-Bro ts Group Cable Componen urant Do ck and Dine Resta ill Gr The Ex change Bar and Factory Squa re Apartments ant Go Fish Restaur rton In Memory of Duncan Fulle u! lle Lis ton Say Thank Yo Erica and Danie Marina Mystic Downtown ass & Mirror New England Gl Dental Associates Norwich Family Association Pine Point School Parents rton Scout, Smokey , and Pete Fulle de, CPAs Every year the Holsteins are always in the hunt, and this year was no different. Jill Holstein Seward and Mon on n and Constructi Bach, John Holstein, Jonathan Holstein ’92 and Bruce Holstein shot a 63, which left them Shawmut Desig in 3rd place. The Holsteins again served as corporate sponsors of the event. Steak Loft Restaurant urant Ten Clams Resta Mark your calendar for next year’s tournament, which takes place on May 23, 2011. ViewPoints 48 ol Golf Tournament Additional Foursomes Chris Hedden Jeff Marquardt Dean Shulda For the second year in a row, Jon Kodama, Tom Kiely, Tim Sisk, and Bill Ernst Lou Toscano won the tournament. In 2009 they shot a 64 in the best ball competition; this year they shot a 60! Brian Abbiati ‘04 Eddie Abbiati Rich Bryce Bill Drakos Matt Amaro Donald Amaro Professional Plan- Tom Goebel ning Group’s Chris Ravi Prakash Wallace, Scott Upham, Mal Makin, Alan Carroll and Peter Wallace Jeffrey Cho ’11 ’85 shot a 64 on the Paul Geise day. Their Westerly- John Pereira based financial serv- ices firm, which Todd Brady manages Pine Point’s Deb Ferris endowment, once Vince Fiore again served as a Peter Laskey corporate sponsor. David Cruthers Tony Dinoto Howard Martin Sam Rodman Chris Fiftal ’02 Jimmy Fiftal ’10 Marc Ginsberg, Kevin Fiftal Insu Kong, Carl David Hannon Reiser and Cal Ackley always Anne-Marie Fleming put together the Peter Fleming same foursome. George Mattern Ever competitive, Phyllis Palmer they shot a 67. David Buckley Adam Fritzsche ’76 Jim McDaniel Sebastian Scripps Keith Davignon Dave Presbrey Bill Sweeney Josh Walker Lou Doboe, Nick Petrosky, Jim Petrosky, and Ted Liston shot an 80. For 2011, Jim Petrosky (and wife Dina) and Lou Doboe will be leading the effort to strengthen Pete Freeman the tournament to allow it to have an even greater impact on the School. Give John Leger them a call if you can lend a hand by bringing players into the field, securing tee Bob McDonald sponsorships, or finding raffle items and prizes. Kip Bochain Bill Girard Rocky Marciano Kippery Bochain ’01 (far right) and the foursome he put to- Bob Sasena gether of Ben Crowe, Ryan Amburn, and Ronnie Gannon shot a 61 to take 2nd place. Curt Christoffersen Jim Cook Phil Iredale Tony Semproni ViewPoints 49 Herbwise Natural Benjamin and Sufala Sapers High Street Yoga David Schulz and Karen Stone Christopher and Fiona Hilton David and Jennifer Schwindt Janet Hinkle Lisa and Stephen Scott W. Lee Hisle and Julie Worthen Sea Research Foundation: Cathleen and Paul Holland Mystic Aquarium - Institute for Exploration- Christopher and Caitlin Hurtgen Immersion Learning Import Auto Sales and Service Jeff and Bethany Seidel Norman Jason Diane Corwin Seltzer ‘67 & Mark Seltzer The Jewelry Boutique at Foxwoods Resort Casino Elizabeth Seltzer ’93 Lucia Trowbridge Johnstone Senor Flaco’s Jonathan Edwards Winery Anish U. Shah & Kate A. Flanagan-Shah Olivier Jonckheere & Veronique Riethuisen Clare Sheridan Angela Kanabis ‘87 and Maarten De jong Barb Silver Holt & Harry Holt Jennifer and Daniel King Lawrence and Susan Spencer Patricia C. Kitchings Dr. George A. Sprecace Kniffin/Moore Family Nick Stahl Susan Kozel Joe Staley Kathy and Connie Kronholm Stonington Country Club Liszt (Francis Bacon) - Dan Cunningham ‘11 Keith and Karen LaRose Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Sailing Foundation Parents Association Gala Lee and Company Stonington Natural Health Center (An Evening by the Sea) (continued) Dorothy Leib Michael and Joann Sullivan Cottrell Brewing Company Theodore Liston and Cynthia Oksanen Tiffany & Company Gillian and Charles Crawford Geoffrey Little and Meg Lyons Barbara Timken Jak and David Cruthers Charles Lord and Patti Compton Andy and Peggy Toriello Michael and Leslie Dameron Karen M. Lovell Lou and Judy Toscano Robert and Lorilee Darling Neil and Sally Mackillop Betsy Trimble ‘77 and Michael Feltes Galan ’78 and Denise Daukas Manasota Beach Club The Up River Cafe and Cocktail Bar Julie ‘89 and Juan DelPrado Jeffrey and Elena Marquardt William and Susan Verhoeff DeMovick Real Estate Design Development and Sales Brian McCallen Travis and Carrie Wager Susan and Harvey DeMovick, III ‘87 Sally McGee and Sarah Cahill Josh Welch and Alejandra de Losada Harvey and Jeanne DeMovick, Jr. Stafford McLean and Elizabeth Archer Jonathan White and Ruth Saunders Dime Bank Ronald and Jacqueline Meneo Steve and Maggie White Dog Watch Café Jon Mitchell and Jenny Doak Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Wick Lara and Garth Dolphin Mohegan Flowers & Gifts, LLC Dr. and Mrs. John C. Wiles ‘60 Drs. Lisa and Bill Donovan Mohegan Sun Priscilla M. Winn John Duerden Thomas and Betsy Moukawsher Marcy Withington and Dave Kelsey Education Works Mystic Art Center Erin M. Wright ‘91 Sue and Owen Ehrlich Mystic Indoor Tennis Jenny and Adam Wronowski ‘87 Anne Fix ‘76 and Kevin Bowdler Mystic Seaport You’ve GOT to be Beading! Marcia and Jack Fix Mystic Valley Hunt Club Feng Bian and Lingyu Zhu Florence Griswold Museum Mystical Toys Enid and Gabriel Ford Chudy I. Nduaka Gifts-In-Kind Foxwoods Resort Casino Nancy and Brian Neff Merrick and Alexandra Alpert Patsy Fritzsche Nicky and David Newbery Drs. George Bourganos and Penny Vlahos Susan and Jim Funk Noank Village Boatyard Peter and Candace Briggs Beth Garbo Dennis and Deborah O’Brien Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Butler Paul and Robin Geise Hugh and Debbie O’Brien Richard and Catherine Conant General Woodcraft Olde Mistick Cinemas Jak and David Cruthers Beth and Peter Gianacoplos Page and Diana Owen Tim and Cynthia Desmond Charlie Gill and Linda Goddard Paraphernailia Dr. and Mrs. Francis Y. Falck, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Julian E. Gillespie John Pagnozzi and Kathleen Schwam Peter and Anne-Marie Fleming Chuck and Kathie Glew Josh and Jennifer Parsons Paul and Robin Geise Ken and Margo Godfrey Mr. and Mrs. John F. Pereira David and Jane Hannon Thomas and Mildred Goebel Periwinkle Design InCord Jack and Stephanie Gosselin The Petrocelli Family Susan Kozel Grand & Water Antiques LLC Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Petrosky Keith and Karen LaRose Jim Gray The Pfizer Foundation Gerard A. Lessing Bill and Geraldine Griffin Annie and Ben Philbrick Jon Mitchell and Jenny Doak Royden and Valerie Grimm Fran Pijar Mystic Paint & Decorating Center Dr. and Mrs. Andrew H. Griscom ‘75 Pine Point School Board of Trustees Mystic River Paintworks, LLC John ‘73 and Alice Groton Dan Potter ’60 Dennis and Deborah O’Brien Allen and Iris Haggerty Jim and Elizabeth Reid Rare Coins & Classical Arts, Ltd. Tina J. Haley Betsey Rice ’61 Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Schiraldi Bill and Sharon Hall Daniel and Kimberly Rick David and Jennifer Schwindt Martina Hamilton William Rolla & Dr. Donna Romito Rolla Diane Corwin Seltzer ’67 & Mark Seltzer David and Jane Hannon Dr. and Mrs. David N. Rosenberg Phil and Starr White Snead ’66 Glenn Hardy Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce Tom and Mary Hatfield Mr. Edwin L. Russell & Ms. Kim Rayner Great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Hatfield S&P Oyster Company of this report. Please notify the Development Sail Caribbean Office should you find an error or omission as we Heartworks Massage and Bodyworks want the opportunity to correct our records and Andrew and Danielle Helbig Saltwater Farm Vineyard appropriately recognize all contributions. Ron ‘81 and Betty Helbig Linda Sample ViewPoints 50 The 1950s Class Notes Paul Connor, 12 Spring Street, Noank, CT 06340, PACNOANK@aol.com Jim Calvert ’59 writes from the west coast: “All is fine with me. I am married to Wendy Warren, who, like me, is a family physician with a very broad Individuals listed in italics beneath class years serve as class medical practice. I still deliver babies, work in the agents for Pine Point. ICU, and have a clinic. My particular interest is taking care of people with HIV infection. I work in Class agents are needed for the Classes of 1962, 1963, 1972, 1987, a teaching setting, training young physicians who 1993, 1995, 2002, and 2003! Please contact David Cruthers want to be country doctors. They stay with us for (firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-535-0606, Ext. 133) if you’re in- three years doing their family practice residency in terested in learning more about helping out the School. a rural setting here in Eastern Oregon. I have five children, all grown up, but no grandchildren.” 1960 Carol Neuendorffer Ziegenhagen, 3900 Divot Court, Longmont, CO 80503, Class of ‘55 Carol@CNZhomes.com Jim Friedlander shared his thoughts of his early education, writing: “Public education was uninspir- ing and I was reacting accordingly. When my par- ents moved me to Pine Point, I found that the teachers enjoyed teaching and the students were encouraged to enjoy learning.” Out of the blue back in April, we John Coggeshall ‘55 heard from Duncan Henderson ’55, who is living in Costa Rica. He electroni- cally sent a photo of his class, which facilitated finding someone with whom we had lost contact, John Coggeshall ’55, now living in Yardley, PA. John wrote back, “I enjoyed the ViewPoints issues and the Class of ’55 graduation photo. It brought me back. Hubert [Benoit ’55] and I both went to Norwich Free Academy as freshmen/sophomores, and we used to ride with a teacher, Mr. Duhamel, who met us at the rotary intersection of Routes 2 and 184. After NFA, I went to Andover and graduated there in ’59, thence to Penn, Class of ’63, and five years as an officer in the US Army, Artillery. Back to Penn for an MS in physics, worked at various freelance projects, blundered into computer work and joined RCA in ’85, developing flight software for satellites. RCA was acquired by GE, which sold the aerospace division to Martin Marietta, which merged to become Lockheed Martin. I’m still doing flight software, mostly for commercial communication satellites, and still enjoying it, now at the plant in Newtown, PA. It’s near Yardley, which is right across the Delaware River from Trenton, NJ. My wife Chris works at Sunoco in Philadelphia, and our son Sam will be a junior at Stanford, majoring in history. He’s going to Moscow for the coming fall term.” John and his family are shown to the right. Nan Roberts ’65 is shown with her son, Brent, and husband, Mike Godfrey. “Instead of Mardi Gras this year - we had Nancy Gras to celebrate my seventh decade, with Brent still fighting fires in ‘NOLA’ as he fondly calls New Orleans. We celebrated at Frankie & Johnnie’s – a great dive, if you ever get down that way, since it will survive this latest af- front of unmitigated lack of safety precautions!!” Nan joined with a strong group, the Library Advocates, in her home county, Brevard County, FL (“think Space Coast”), to encourage the County Commissioners to rethink the place libraries hold in citizens’ lives. “We brought 280 folks to a hearing as a show of support and had over 8,000 sig- natures to emphasize that libraries are the ‘go-to place.’ With a vote of 3-2, we won the right to keep the funding level for this year. We’re finally getting back to sailing, which was the whole point of moving to the fabulous Indian River lagoon.” ViewPoints 51 1961 1969 Jack Humphreville, 456 South Arden Boulevard, David Smith, 30 Spruce Street, Westerly, RI Classes of 1952-2005 Los Angeles, CA 90020-4736, 02891, email@example.com Jack@TargetMediaPartners.com 1964 Michael Petty, 1007 McCeney Avenue, Silver 1970 Kassy White, 42 Centre Street, Dover, MA 02030, KassyWhite@aol.com Save the Date Spring, MD 20901, firstname.lastname@example.org 1971 Alumni Reunion 1965 David Hemond, 81 Silas Deane Road, Ledyard, CT Paul Marshall, 63 Duck Cove Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852-6240, August 6, 2011 06339, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org All That Jazz…and Then Some! Having received electronically the news about the Head of School Search, Anne Chimento McMahon wrote: “There will never be another Alan Houghton! As students, we were in awe of him.” 1966 Tom Goehring ’77 performed at the Newport Jazz Festival on Starr White Snead, 1359 North Edgewater Drive, the afternoon of August 7, and still made it to the Alumni Re- Charleston, SC 29407, 1stStarr@bellsouth.net union! We asked him to catch us up on what’s been happening in his life. Allen Albrecht wrote of a wonderful chance en- After leaving Pine Point in the 8th grade, I attended Avon counter. “It’s an amazing world we live in when Old Farms for secondary school, Columbia University for un- you can travel the world, come home to the Upper dergraduate studies, eventually getting a degree in Political Valley and run into the family and friends of our Science in 1985. While at Columbia, I played trumpet in the Pine Point community. In my capacity as Catering C.U. Jazz Band and was a regular at the Jazz Cultural Theatre Office Manager for the Hanover (NH) Consumer down on 28th St. and 8th Ave. The JCT was a jazz club and Co-op, I literally speak to hundreds of people re- studio run by jazz piano great Barry Harris, who taught mas- garding their catering orders. So in the course of ter classes for horn players every Monday night for the entire taking a recent catering order the customer said six years the club was open. her name was Collier. Not being the overly shy I started free-lancing around New York doing all sorts of gigs (Latin, Funk, Haitian and wedding type and having had the ‘it’s a small world’ episode bands were my bread and butter, but I also played orchestral and liturgical music as well as off- repeated on numerous occasions, I blindly started Broadway shows, etc.). When I got married and my daughter Liana came along (I raised a Red Sox with, ‘I used to go to school with a Bobby Collier. fan in the Bronx, by the way), I started working full-time doing business graphics at an investment You wouldn’t happen to be from Connecticut, bank because of the flexible hours (it’s something I do to this day at a boutique M&A firm, Center- would you?’ After an initial denial, there was a view Partners). pause and then a small gasp and the customer I also decided during this time of regular paychecks to play only what was musically interesting replied, ‘That’s what we used to call my son, Rob.’ to me, and I’ve focused mostly on jazz since. I’ve toured with groups ranging from the Tommy It turns out she was the very same Mrs. Collier, Dorsey Orchestra to The Fleshtones and my music travels have taken me across the U.S., to Eu- mother of Bobby (Rob) and ex-Pine Point teacher rope, the French Caribbean and many parts of New Jersey. who had been a part of our lives 44 years ago! I play regularly with the Jamie Begian Big Band (www.jamiebegian.com) and can be heard on Rob and I haven’t been able to reconnect as yet his recently-released CD “Big, Fat Grin.” I also perform with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society but I look forward to the day we can both say, ‘So (www.secretsocietymusic.org) and appear on his critically-acclaimed debut CD, “Infernal Ma- what have you been up to for the last 44 years?’” chines”; Secret Society made its debut at this year’s Newport Jazz Festival. As a composer, I was admitted to the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop in 1996 and remained there until this past July. 1967 I’ve had five pieces premiered at Workshop’s annual concert, four of which were nominated for the Lea Jewett, 227 Vauxhall Street, New London, CT Workshop’s Charlie With the BMI New York Parker Award/Manny 06320, email@example.com Jazz Orchestra in 2006 Albam Commission Diane Corwin Seltzer, 9 Cove Road, Westerly, RI award (setting a 02891-4407, firstname.lastname@example.org record for number of nominations without a Betsy Jones Jacobsen died on February 20 on the win!). island of Maui, where she was a real estate agent. I live in Bethle- The School sends its condolences to her two chil- hem, PA with Liana dren, Brett and Jen, as well as her brother, Jeff (now 16) who is going Jones ’64. into her senior year at Moravian Academy 1968 and recently spent Ellen Humphreville McGuire, three weeks in Sene- 203 Glenwood Avenue, New London, CT 06320, gal, Africa as part of a Pigel@ct.metrocast.net service project. ViewPoints 52 1973 J.B. Daukas ’77 works for Goodwin Procter, an interna- tional law firm based in Boston of 850 attorneys. He is a Cynthia Stein Therrien, 47 Paag Circle, Little Sil- partner in the Trial Department specializing in complex ver, NJ 07739-1738, Therriens@Comcast.net litigation, and has served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County, MA, and a law clerk on Larry Kaplan is a Wealth Manager for Summit In- the United States District Court for the District of RI. J.B. vestment Management LLC. is a graduate of Choate, Dartmouth, and University of Vir- ginia Law School. He was also one of the twelve Alumni Challengers who 1974 encouraged their fellow Pine Pointers to give to the An- Sharon Butler, 9 Pearl Street, Mystic, CT 06355, nual Fund. We asked him to catch us up on what gives his life email@example.com meaning outside of work. He answered this way: “I: 1975 1) just finished up as president of the Dartmouth College Alumni Council; Ashley Powell Hanson, 242 Ocean Avenue, Apt. 1, 2) am on the board of a community theatre group (The New London, CT 06320, firstname.lastname@example.org Dover Foundation) that raises scholarship money, and have been appearing in musicals for the last five years (in- 1976 cluding playing Billy Bigelow in Carousel) – my first trips back to the stage since Pine Point – literally! Cindy Jason Sullivan, P.O. Box 90, Higganum, CT 3) am on the board of my college fraternity Chi Gamma 06441-0090, email@example.com Epsilon (‘Chi Gam’ is what everyone calls it); 4) am very active in my church, Most Precious Blood, in- Adam Fritzsche has opened his own business, ASF cluding teaching CCD, singing in the choir and sometime fill-in cantor; Investment Group, with offices in Canterbury and (and, the really important stuff) Mystic. Cameron Hay was back in the area in late 5) have one wife, Christie, whom I love, four kids – Victoria, 19 (at Dartmouth); Erika, 17 (Dover/Sherborn High June and used the occasion to visit Pine Point. He School); Jay 16, (St. Sebastian’s School); and Virginia 14, (Dover’s Chickering Elementary School), two dogs, a horse, a pony, and live in Dover, MA, but spend the summers in Watch Hill. As my wife says of why she married me: ‘I’m was last on campus way back in February 1999 for fond of J.B., but I really love Watch Hill.’” the memorial service for former classmate Robbie Campbell. He found that since then the School’s footprint has expanded considerably with the addi- tion of the L/TC and the DECC. He has retired as a captain with American Cruise Lines, with which he took passengers up and down the east coast from Maine to Florida. Home continues to be New Smyrna Beach, FL. Register 1977 Betsy Trimble, 3 Heron Road, Mystic, CT 06355, The Pine Point website has a IETrimble@sbcglobal.net special place just for alumni Linnea Corwin Elrington reports: “Things are good to go to update their profiles, in England. I’ve just returned to full-time work leave messages for classmates, with a company called Talaris, which is a former and see what’s going on with De La Rue division. I’m managing international their friends. In order to do all human relations for their New Markets group, and, so far, loving it!” this, you must register, and to do that, you need a 1978 registration number. Chris Knisley, 175 Beech Street, Wrentham, MA 02093, firstname.lastname@example.org If you have yet to register, please e-mail David Cruthers, Associate Di- Sheilia Terranova Beattie continues to be active as a member of the Board of Directors of The West- rector of Development, at email@example.com, and he will send erly Land Trust. The organization’s conservation you the number you need to get started! land protection program has been enormously suc- cessful in the short period of time in which it has been in existence. At the end of 2009 it owned over 1,060 acres and through the first six months 1979 of 2010 it added another 300 acres to its holdings Meredith Jason, 6130 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20015, firstname.lastname@example.org with another 185 in the works. Other Pine Pointers closely involved with the Land Trust include, but 1980 are not limited to, Bill Griffin, Allen Leadbetter, Thomas Lloyd, and Harvey Perry, the latter most Donna Parssinen, Liebigstrasse 44, 60323 Frankfurt a.M., Germany, email@example.com ably serving as the group’s long-time president. Leslie Ahern Brown ‘64 edits the group’s newslet- Eva Schlesinger’s second chapbook, View From My Banilla Vanilla Villa, was recently published by danc- ter. ing girl press and is available at www.dancinggirlpress.com. ViewPoints 53 1981 in Westerly to celebrate the marriage of our step- Lauren Edelstein Park, 1519 5th Street, Boulder, Classes of 1952-2005 sister, Alexis Macdonald ’89, in July. I do terribly miss New England. I try to visit as often as possi- CO 80302, firstname.lastname@example.org ble.” Hugh Marshall owns and operates Hugh A. Mar- shall, Landscape Contractor, Inc. in New Hope, PA. Save the Date 1989 Meredith Michaud Hargus, 140 Castle Hill Road, Pawcatuck, CT 06379, 1982 Alumni Reunion Meredith.Hargus@genzyme.com Dan Wood, 156 Ludlow Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10002, email@example.com August 6, 2011 Christian Lentz has been a visiting scholar at Duke University for the past three years. After leaving Pine Point, Christian studied at Phillips Andover, 1983 graduated from Cornell, and did graduate work Karen Church, 1951 Canyon Drive, Los Angeles, 1987 both there and at Yale. He and his wife Adriane, CA 90068, firstname.lastname@example.org Lynne Langlois Hunter had a son, Andrew Michael who is an assistant professor at Duke, have a Hunter, in June 2010. She still fondly remembers daughter, Zora, 2. Holly Peirce wrote, “I am being transferred from her Pine Point family. Washington to the US Embassy in Barbados as the 1990 General Service Officer responsible for logistics of 1988 Vanessa Oat Ghantous, 1278 Kawili Way, the Embassy. I’m very excited about the job and Erica Eppinger Fox, 309 Denison Hill Road, North Makawao, HI 96768-9555, email@example.com location! On a sadder note, my husband, Tom Stonington, CT 06359, firstname.lastname@example.org Kelly, passed away in Santo Domingo in 2008 Vanessa Oat Ghantous reported in the late spring: after battling cancer for six years. Ben, now six, is Martin Griswold continues to own and run a “I am spending a month on the East Coast this adjusting well. He did great in a bilingual Spanish- perennial nursery, Judge’s Farm, in Old Lyme, with summer, because we suddenly have a nice long English kindergarten here in Arlington, VA. I also his brother Matt. Martin and his wife Sondra are summer break! After the public schools in Hawaii would like to share the happy news that I just got the parents of Ali (5) and Huck (3). Martin do- closed on Fridays and switched to a year-round engaged to Sean Pratt, a friend from my days at nated many plants for the Alicia Z. Russell Memo- calendar with only six weeks off during the sum- Colby College. We look forward to starting our rial Garden. We heard from Alice Hanson towards mer, we gave up on the DOE system (and our local new life in the Caribbean.” the end of June. “I have been living in the North- elementary school that is just two blocks from our ern Virginia/Washington, DC area for a while. I home, and the reason we bought this house to 1984 have been working for one of the most prominent begin with!) and enrolled our children in a great Bob Anderson, The Dormers, 3 Everett Avenue, catering companies here, Design Cuisine. This is a private school about 20 minutes away. The class- Watch Hill, RI 02891, email@example.com way for me to combine my education in business, rooms are set up in a way that is very similar to my formal culinary training in Europe, and my pas- PPS – K-3 grades and 4-8 grades are in big class- sion for fine dining. I have been happy and suc- rooms and the families all spend a lot of time on 1985 cessful in the hospitality industry. I live in Fairfax, campus, leading parent-taught classes or hiking to Amy Leadbetter Higgs, 87 Fernbank Avenue, VA, and cater events all over the DC metro area local waterfalls or working in the large garden. The Delmar, NY 12054, firstname.lastname@example.org for Design Cuisine. I have recently given birth to school is completely ‘off the grid’ and solar pow- my second son, Benjamin Lloyd Meisner, in April. ered, with a catchment water system. It is pretty 1986 His older brother, Samuel Duncan Meisner, turned great. The teachers have graduate degrees and the Elaine Anderson, 42 South Street, Middlebury, VT 3 in September. My twin sister, Elizabeth Hanson, families come from all backgrounds and cultures - 05753-1316, email@example.com is an interior designer in Atlanta, GA. We all were students get to choose which language to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ for their special day. I believe the choices are currently French, Spanish, German, Japanese, English and maybe one more. The web- site is www.rootsmaui.org.” Amanda Wood Lopardo ’89 sent in a photo of her family and an update. “We moved to Manchester-by-the Sea because we love the town and it is near Landmark, a private school for students with language based learning disabilities, where our son Nicholas at- tends and completed second grade in June. It is also where both AJ and I graduated from, and where I taught while getting my master’s in special education. We absolutely love the town.” ViewPoints 54 1995 Sage Grigg reports: “Right now I’m living outside Albany, NY, working as a physician’s assistant at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. I’m planning on getting married in April 2011 in Stonington to Matthew Thib- deau and then hopefully heading out to Denver for a few years.” Vanessa Tillman-Brown was delighted to learn that last year’s 9th grade Class Gift was a new sound system for the School. She wrote, “That is fan- tastic news! The first meeting of the new Shoreline Swing season is this Sunday and I will convey to them what has happened with the money and that Pine Point now has a new sound system. It is always nice to be part of something and know that you helped provide the seed which lead to fruition a year later. If I hadn’t had that conversation with Paul Geise about the sound system and how he was hoping to get a new one, I would never have known how Shoreline Swing could appropriately say ‘thank you’ for all the sup- port with Mystic Blues. My parents and I knew that the Shoreline Swing gift was only a seed and wanted to push it a little closer to becoming a reality. I am so glad that the 9th graders saw and completed the need! It forms a nice little circle since I am considering the running of a Mystic Blues reunion this year and will come to PPS to see about once again using the dance room and gym. They make such amazing dance spaces and all the dancers raved about them.” Ashley Wood reports, “DISH (our cooking show) is Here is a healthy and happy Mason Alan Banister, driving doing very well! My aunt and I continue to shoot webisodes which can be seen on our website: his grandparents’ boat, with his dad. He is the son of Amy http://www.ellenandashleydish.com/. We have two that we are shooting this summer-one of which we go and David Banister ’91. David continues to teach 5th grade clamming in Long Island and learn about our next guest’s ‘signature’ clam recipe! Ellen and I cannot wait science at Fessenden and has moved his young family into for that. In the meantime, we have had a few exciting meetings which hopefully have gotten us one step a dorm! closer to being on a major network! If there is anyone in the PPS family who is known for a special ‘signa- ture dish,’ please let us know! We are always looking for a new recipe and story. If you, or anyone you 1991 know is interested, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alexandra Johnstone Wood, 861 Foxdale Avenue, Winnetka, IL 60093, email@example.com 1996 Sarah Whitford and her husband, Sean Sweeney, Heather Honiss Salsich, 224 Mass Ave, #31, Arlington, MA 02474, firstname.lastname@example.org are raising their son to be a Red Sox fan, but still have a little work to do. Sarah writes, “Ethan is Whitney Oat married Josh Verraneault in September 2007. Josh is an Energy Trader and Whitney works as pretty good at yelling ‘Home run!’ although he a designer for Ralph Lauren (one of her designs is featured in the October issues of Lucky and Marie does it whenever any sport is on the TV so it is Claire magazines as a national ad for Ralph Lauren.) Whitney and Josh live/work in Jersey City, but just pretty funny.” bought their first home in Mystic. They also opened a bakery in May with her parents (Darrell and Don Oat ’64). First Bite Bakery is located on Stonington Road (Rt. 1) in Pawcatuck just past Import Auto. 1992 Zach Oat, 25 North Wayne Avenue, West Haverstraw, NY, 10993, email@example.com 1994 Kate Murphy Gardner, 1460 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, KGardner@winston.com Sarah Banister has started an MAT program in ele- mentary education at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Lucy Whitford Freitas ’96 sent in the following news: “My husband Michael and I moved back into the area last spring and are very happy to be back. Michael and I were married in 2007. From left to right: my dad, Ned; my mom, Barbara; me; Michael; Sarah (Whitford ’91); Sarah’s husband, Sean. We lived in Narragansett for a year, and just moved to Westerly. We moved to Narragansett be- cause Michael was the mate on the high-speed Block Is- land Ferry working with the Linda family! He saw Katrina ’96, Serena ’97 and Nerissa ’93 often. While teaching 4th grade in Baltimore, I graduated from UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County) with my MA in Mathemat- ics Education with the hopes of teaching middle school math. This past year I was luckily hired as the 7th-8th grade math support teacher at Pawcatuck Middle School and this fall I will be the 8th grade math teacher. I can’t wait! I recently saw Dr. and Mrs. Smith at Pizza Place in Westerly, Ms. Gustafson at “A Celebration of Twelfth Night,” and Mr. and Mrs. Honiss in the Borough! I also keep in touch with several classmates online. I send all of my best to the PPS community!” ViewPoints 55 Joanna Douglas ’96 writes, and wrote,“I have been an editor for several years now. Worked at sev- eral magazines (Seventeen, Jane, New York, W, ELLEgirl) and freelanced – but I’ve told PPS about them and that’s all been in prior issues of ViewPoints. I have been working at Yahoo! Shine, a site for women, for about 2.5 years. I serve as Fashion + Beauty editor, which means I cover New York Fashion Week and many events, write about fashion and beauty news as well as pop culture, and I have been doing a bunch of TV spots. I was recently a guest on ABC News, and I am a regular guest on NBC New York. Earlier in the year I wrote an article that became somewhat controversial based on a cover of Vanity Fair magazine. It was written up in the New York Times, as well as Salon and other websites, and was covered on Access Hollywood. It was a very crazy time. Aside from work, I’m living with my boyfriend in Soho and life is treating us well. Anyone looking to contact me should message me on Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d love for them to check out my blog on shine.yahoo.com.” Heather Honiss Salsich ’96 sent along the following: “I married Jamie Salsich on August 7 at the Old Lighthouse Museum. Pine Pointers in attendance included: 1997 Ham Salsich (Jamie’s cousin), Jim Kate MacCluggage, 16 Park Avenue, Apartment 15C, New York, NY and Ann Royle ’73, Alicia Ram- 10016, email@example.com pellini (parent of former Pine Pointer Kate Rampellini Abel ’93), Charles Campbell and Jessyca Gatewood were married on Dec. 19, and Alex Oat ’93, who was our 2009, at the Saybrook Point Inn. Jessyca and Charles both gradu- photographer (although she did not ated from New London High School. Charles attended Utica Col- take this photo). I am still working lege of Syracuse University and studied criminal justice. He is as an analyst in the Research De- employed through the State of Connecticut as a corrections officer. partment at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and was recently Jessyca received her bachelor’s degree from the Maryland Institute promoted to a more senior level College of Art in graphic design and her master’s degree from Sa- position. Following in family foot- cred Heart University. She is employed by the New London Board steps, Jamie recently left his job in of Education as a teacher at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School. finance and has started a dual mas- They reside in New London with their son, A.J. Kate MacCluggage ter’s degree program in elementary continues her acting career. She starred in an off-Broadway stage and special education at Lesley version of The 39 Steps, a 1915 suspense novel made famous by Al- University. We honeymooned in fred Hitchcock in his 1935 film of the same name. The play has Bermuda. The photo was taken right after getting onboard Satin three female roles in it, and Kate plays them all, from a secret agent Doll, a close family friend’s antique to what she describes as a “Hitchcock blonde” to a Scottish farm wooden Chris Craft boat, which wife. The play was included on the “Summer Must List” in Enter- transported Jamie and me to the re- tainment Weekly. ception at the Wadawanuck Club.” 1998 Tiffany Barres Foley, 2310 Rock Street, #6, Mountain View, CA Martha Battles ’99 graduated from 94043, firstname.lastname@example.org Longwood University in May with a master’s of science degree in com- Gillian Sulick, 548 Columbus Ave. Apt B1, Boston, MA, 02118, municative sciences and disorders. email@example.com “Yes, I am all graduated from Long- wood and can officially call myself a 1999 Speech Language Pathologist! Grad- uation was great and I am still a little Tiana Baker, 36 Putnam Street, Watertown, MA 02472-4245, shocked that it’s over! I was actually firstname.lastname@example.org recognized with two awards at grad- uation. One was for academic excel- lence because my GPA was about a 3.85 and then the other was from the 2000 program’s faculty. It was the faculty Arianna Funk, 88 Atlantic Ave., #1a award for excellence given to one Brooklyn, NY 11201, email@example.com student in the class who stood out among the rest academically and Nick Capalbo came to the Alumni Reunion with his friend, Ryanna clinically. It was a huge compliment and I was honored to receive it. It Mcfadden. Well, actually, more than a friend. “Ryanna and I met was a quick two years! I will be a while in law school in Michigan and recently became engaged to be speech pathologist at Lawrence & married. Ryanna is a licensed attorney in both Michigan and Rhode Memorial’s main campus in New Island, specializing in Bankruptcy Law. As for myself, I just gradu- London. I was there as a student this ated from law school after completing an externship at the Westerly past spring semester and then they Town Solicitor’s Office for John J. Turano, Esq. I will be sitting for presented me with a job offer when I the February 2011 Rhode Island Bar Exam and will be joining the was finished. I know I am going into family firm, Capalbo, Capalbo & Hartford, the same year.” Lara a great situation with some pretty fantastic people. I’m very excited to Janssens has moved from Brooklyn to Philadelphia where she is begin! It’s good to be back! I hope working as a buyer for Urban Outfitters. She loves her work. all is well at PPS.” ViewPoints 56 2002 Sarah Littman graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2009 with a degree in business and moved to New York. She lives and works in the Murray Hill section of the city where she manages one of National Jean Company’s branches. Working seven days a week in the busy world of retail in New York City with responsibility for all aspects of the store is demanding but also rewarding. Outside of work, Sarah loves all that New York has to offer. Ryan Peterle has headed from Myrtle Beach to San Diego. First grade co-teacher Judy Toscano related the following story. “I was recently at Best Buy in Waterford. I no- ticed a member of the Geek Squad who looked vaguely familiar, so I asked the guy helping me who it was. He said his name was Scott, and I noticed he had the name WEBSTER tattooed on his forearm, so I said, “Scott Webster?!” and yes it was. The guy helping me called him over and he told me that he did two tours in Iraq and has been back about a year and a half, was in a helicopter crash and was medically discharged. He looks fine, says he’s okay. He’s been working at Best Buy since he got back and lives in Waterford. I encouraged him to stop by the School and say hello. He said that Gloria Stanley, who drives the PPS Suburban, is his downstairs neighbor. He mentioned Chris Fiftal as well.” Graham Williams is team teaching kindergarten at Mission Grammar School in Roxbury, MA. Mission Grammar is a small, urban Catholic elementary school (K-8) established in 1889 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The school enjoys a partnership with Graham’s alma mater, Emmanuel College. He’s living in Allston with four good friends. Jason Carbonneau ’02 beams after he graduated from Northeastern University in May. Jason has been Ariel Mitchell ’00 is living in San Diego, CA, with her selling for a company called Simple Marketing Solu- boyfriend and their two dogs. She is making art and has tions in Massachusetts. He remains quite active and been applying to many shows and artist residencies, as committed to his church group Reunion, and will well as beaching, surfing, biking and hiking. She loves continue to live in Somerville with two other friends California! from church. He is all about serving his community, participating in the late spring in a neighborhood cleanup. A highlight of Jason’s spring was joining his mother, Holly, and girlfriend, Melanie, for lunch 2001 at Jerry Remy’s Bar and Grille, and then sitting in Cindy Morren Griffin, 9 Oak Street, Lord’s Point, the rain and watching Daniel Nava hit his first pitch Stonington, CT, 06378, firstname.lastname@example.org grand slam as the Red Sox beat the Phillies. Jason hopes to stay in the Boston area. Jessica Williams, 180 West 8th Street, #3, Boston, MA 02127, email@example.com Margot Barres has started teaching math at the New Smyrna Beach Middle School in Florida. While working at the State Department, Emily Geise has been honored in three different ways. She received a Certificate of Appreciation, in recognition of initiative, creativity and outstanding Why not Pine Point has made it easier service in support of the S/CRS (State/Coordinator for you to support the School. for Reconstruction and Stabilization) stakeholder tours offered at the SA-18 offices in 2010; another Certificate of Appreciation, in recognition of her initiative, dedication and exemplary service in make • Go to Pine Point’s website planning and conducting the Washington Work- • Then to the Giving Section (Annual Fund) shop on Reconstruction Stabilization and Peace- building and the Stability Operations Training and Education Workshop October 26-29, 2009; and a your • Look for the online giving icon Meritorious Honor Award, for setting a new gold standard for USG interagency crisis response fol- lowing the devastating January 12 earthquake in Haiti. Cindy Morren and Matthew Griffin were married on August 7 in Stonington. Katie White Annual It’s that simple! wrote: “I am working for an agricultural biotech- nology company called Agrivida, located in Med- ford, MA. We are working to develop energy crops Fund gift The site is administered through Pine designed to produce chemicals, fuels, and bio- Point’s partnership with Greater Giving, one of the products from non-food cellulosic biomass. I work premier online gift processing firms in the country, with the Plant Transformation and Plant Tissue Culture group which is currently working with online? so you can make your gift with confidence. switchgrass to develop its potential as a source of ethanol for fuel products.” ViewPoints 57 Trekking through Panama With graduation on the horizon, George Washington University senior Peter Smith ’03 and a friend decided that their final spring break de- manded something different from the usual trip to Florida or South Padre Island. Peter, along with Adam Mack, his travel partner who went to GW with him, wanted to go somewhere most people have never been. Panama was their destination because of its culture and its landscape. Their objec- tive was to “get as dirty as possible in a terrain as rough as possible.” Peter graduated from GW having majored in geography and international affairs, so the choice seemed almost natural. Below is a portion of the blog Peter and Adam wrote for the National Geographic Society. The Adventure of a Lifetime Our final destination was Sambú, a town about 50 miles west of the Colombian border in the Darién Province. Panama itself is not that unique of a destination but Sambú and the Darién jungle are. We read some- where, ‘Darién has everything that can kill a human from landmines to mosquitoes’ and that really intrigued us. During our travels we published a travel blog (http://blog.mywonderfulworld.org/2010/04/) for the Na- tional Geographic Society. NGS runs a website called ‘My Wonderful World’ through its Education Programs, which is intended to spread knowledge of geography and get people interested in learning more about the planet. Going to Panama was an adventure of a lifetime. The jungles of Darién offer physical and cultural landscapes that we never knew ex- the little things. We were born lucky as citizens of one of isted. We had never seen forest so dense. It was reminiscent of the stories the richest and most powerful countries in history. That al- we have heard from our grandfathers' generation of terrain on islands of lows us to act the way we do. What I realized, however, is the South Pacific that many people in America have little understanding of what others around the world go through on a day to day The Cultural Intrigue basis. The trip illuminated America’s need to expand its un- derstanding of the world and what is in it. Of course, most The typical Dariénista is much harder than most people I know. These of us work hard to earn a good life here and we give back. people live for a day on what college students here make in an hour. They Americans are eager to help but to me the problem in many eat the same thing for almost every meal and their idea of household cases is the general lack of understanding. Because most plumbing equates to the time I accidentally clogged the head on a Americans have never seen that side of human existence, Caribbean cruise when I was eleven and my mom made me manually bilge they do not completely appreciate or understand the strug- the system. Every person I met down there commanded respect from me gle our forefathers went through to make our system a real- because they were so positive about life despite their relative dysfunc- ity. It seems many Americans forget that almost a third of tional and underdeveloped situations. Sure, many of them do not even re- the world’s population is today where our country was 300 alize what they are missing but they are happy with what they have and years ago. In my opinion it is a responsibility for those in aspire to progress. They vote for politicians, they pay their taxes, and sup- our position to spread the knowledge, to reignite that spark ply fire departments. They have values and morals just like folks in Amer- and drive that brings Americans out of their shells and ica do. Dariénistas are generally hospitable people, too. It truly amazed open their eyes and minds to world unknown. That is why me how happy they are. Upon reflection, no matter how different the situ- Adam and I wrote the blog. ation or setting, people everywhere are similar in so many ways. How My Experience in Panama Changed My Future Plans I graduated in May and on Friday, 21 May was commis- Perspective of American Culture sioned into the United States Army. I continued my work at I really had no idea what to expect from the people in Panama. I read a National Geographic as a contracted employee through July. lot about the country but all those stories are filtered through someone This fall I will go to flight school in Ft. Rucker, AL where I else’s thought process. In my mind I thought the areas along the roads will learn to fly UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. That will be would be more built up then they were. I thought the people would be about two years long. Thereafter I will be stationed in Ab- more standoffish than they were. After visiting, I found great respect for erdeen with the Maryland National Guard. After that and a the country and the people. From my description above, I hope that is evi- possible deployment I will seek a master’s degree. Eventu- dent. In America, we take a lot for granted. In many cases we have the lux- ally, I want to fly on expeditions (hopefully doing some re- ury to do that. We have a system in place that allows us to forget about search or writing myself). ViewPoints 58 2003 Katie Geise graduated from Hobart and William Smith and is con- Will Hagen ’05 continues to pur- sidering a number of options available to her. Eliza Hannon gradu- sue his interest in Republican pol- ated from Franklin and Marshall with a degree in mathematics. She itics. “I did an internship at the also secured her teaching certification through her work at Washington State Republican Millersville University. She is teaching math and coaching field Party this spring quarter. Our big hockey at The Williams School. Bridget Morrissey is well and living event was our annual Gala Dinner in Scottsdale, AZ. She works as the assistant to the legal counsel in and Auction, at which Governor her father’s business and is getting a great “hands on” education in Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota was business and people! She was graduated from Trinity College, Uni- the keynote speaker. I was able to get a spot in the meet-and-greet versity of Dublin in three years with a B.A. in English and French. line because I had procured one of the auction’s biggest items: a foot- 2004 ball signed by 2011 Rose Bowl Samantha Luca, 4 Seagull Lane, Mystic, CT 06355, champion and Heisman Trophy Lukky555@aol.com winner Jake Locker.” [Editor’s note: Or so Will hopes!] Will is Sewell Robinson, PO Box 1671, Gambier, OH 43022, shown with Governor Pawlenty. Robinsons@kenyon.edu Matt Ginsberg interned with Morgan Stanley in New York City this past summer. Davis Knox worked on a project over the summer at Union. The project is entitled “Using a Coevolutionary Genetic Al- Laura Hagen ’06 is gorithm to Produce Soft Robot Morphologies and Gaits.” He de- changing schools – scribes his project thusly: “Soft robots are robots made with all soft and climates. “I de- parts that are able to squeeze through any small space. They are cided to transfer be- able to accomplish many tasks that conventional hard robots cannot cause my academic complete, and have multiple humanitarian and military applications. interests had shifted However, soft robots are not used today due to the complexities in in a way that Rice’s their physical design and especially in the design of their movement programs couldn’t accommodate. I re- techniques. My research attempts to come up with solutions to the alized that writing soft robot design problem by using a Genetic Algorithm, which sim- was what I had al- plifies to a computer simulation of Darwin’s theory of the ‘Survival ways been passion- of the Fittest.’” Davis is continuing his research at Union this fall. ate about (going back to Mr. Salsich’s freestyle writing as- 2005 signments!), and Will Hagen, 27 Chriswood Terrace, Ledyard, CT 06339, Rice didn’t have a firstname.lastname@example.org creative writing pro- gram. I applied to a number of schools, but the University of British Columbia was the best fit. Harry Brunswick has accelerated his program at the School of the They have a two-year studio program on the junior and senior year with workshop courses in a va- Art Institute of Chicago and will be graduating in 2011. While his riety of genres; I hope to focus on creative non-fiction. They also offer an Applied Animal Biology major, so I’ll be able to double major and pursue my interest in ranching alongside my Creative family moved to Minnesota, they purchased a place in Vermont, Writing degree. I’ll probably be in school for the rest of my life to get it all done, but I’m really ex- which allows them to get back to New England and for Harry to in- cited about it. I think the culture at UBC and Vancouver will be more my speed, and I’m definitely dulge his passion for snow sports, principally at Okemo and Brom- looking forward to being close to Will [her brother, Will Hagen ’05 is at the University of Washing- ley. James O’Brien stopped by Pine Point in late August (along with ton] and all our family in Seattle! his girlfriend from Colby) and classmate Harry Brunswick. James is I had a fantastic time in North Dakota this summer – lots of new and exciting experiences, like spending his fall semester in Salamanca, Spain. Although there are bottle-feeding a calf and helping with a branding. I spent a month from the end of May to the end other American programs in Salamanca, the Colby program is of June living and working with the Benzes; they’ve become a second family to me [ViewPoints, unique in its integration into the university. Students take the same Summer/Fall 2009]. The picture I’ve included here is a photo of Dancer, the horse that I rode the whole time I was there.” courses Spanish students attend. In addition, students on the Colby program in Salamanca keep their promise to speak only Spanish. (Spanish is the only language of the “Colby in Salamanca” program.) All students are expected to speak Spanish to the resident staff, the animadores, and other students at all times. Find us on Facebook! 2006 If you’re a Facebook member, type Elma Burnham, 43 Wilcox Road, Stonington, CT 06378, “Pine Point School” in the search email@example.com box, and you’ll be taken to our Mariél Rice Frechette, 57 Denison Hill Road, North Stonington, CT 06359, firstname.lastname@example.org page. There, you can join the group, leave a posting on the wall, or Elma Burnham and Molly Hannon drove down to New Jersey to spend a weekend with Madde DiLascia-Azia. Elma and Molly have message Associate Director of Development respectively headed back to Middlebury and Northwestern while Madde headed to Lausanne, Switzerland for a program run by Pep- David Cruthers with your news. perdine. ViewPoints 59 2007 The Magnitude of the Divide Jay Greenfield, 82 Front Street, Noank, CT 06340, email@example.com Amber Weinberg, P.O. Box 3114, Mashantucket, CT 06338-3114, firstname.lastname@example.org Danica Mitchell ’06 graduated in 2009 from Phillips Academy (An- Marissa Blackwell is now studying at Oberlin dover) and took a gap year before where she plans to study neuroscience. She’s “very starting this fall in the Brown/RISD excited to begin this new chapter in my life.” dual degree program. Part of her Marissa had been accepted to nine out of the ten time was spent in Madagascar. colleges to which she had applied, and made the selection of Oberlin over her other top choices, Sitting in the Johannesburg air- Amherst and Swathmore. Sarah Brandt is attend- port at one in the morning, curled ing Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of up under a stolen airplane blanket Communications for advertising. Matt Carlebach from Royal Dutch Airlines and trying graduated from NFA and now finds himself a full- to politely decline a marriage pro- time student at John Cabot University in Rome. posal from a Nigerian man sitting on Hayley Caruso is attending Loyola University the bench next to me, the five hours Maryland. Tim Larson stopped by Pine Point in left before my flight passing as late June to visit folks. Over the summer he quickly as tortoises in the Sahara, I worked at Latitude 41º (the old Seamen’s Inne). started to wonder what on earth I He’s a freshman at Wheaton after graduating from was doing going to Madagascar. The Williams School. Third grade teacher Mary Through some vigorous internet re- Raftery passed along some news in the spring. search four months before, I had stumbled upon the website of an obscure marine conservation “Good news about Dana McGuire. I saw her at a organization based in a tiny village on the southwest coast of the island—an island that is the lacrosse game. She is enjoying her last days at 4th largest in the world and home to a myriad of species found nowhere else on the planet. Pomfret and says the school has been good for Now, one application, $2,000 worth of plane tickets, some very sporadic and completely punc- her. She was presented the Robert G. Pearson tuation-less emails from a man named Rod, and many doctor’s appointments later, I was actu- Short Fiction Award for a short story she wrote.” ally, finally, unbelievably almost there. And I had absolutely no idea what to expect; which, in Dana is now attending Eastern CT State Univer- hindsight, was a very good mindset to be in, because there is no way I could have foreseen what sity. At The Williams School’s annual Prize As- my experiences in that distant country would amount to. sembly and Cum Laude Induction Ceremony The two months I spent volunteering with the organization ReefDoctor in Ifaty—a tiny fish- Abbey Reiser was presented with the Natalie P. ing village on the bay of Ranobe—and later traveling up to Madagascar’s capital were essentially Swift Memorial Prize for Excellence in French. She the most incredible, frustrating, mind-blowing, fulfilling, and foreign vacation I have ever been was also one of twelve students inducted into the on. I earned my advanced PADI scuba diving certification and became an Emergency First Re- school’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society. She is sponder, learned to identify and survey over 300 species of fish, corals, seagrass and other ma- now attending Villanova. rine life found in the Indian Ocean, painted a 15 panel educational mural for a children’s museum, drank cheap rum, ate more rice and beans than I ever wanted to, rode in a rickshaw, got mugged at knifepoint while riding in a rickshaw, fed wild lemurs, climbed mountains, taught English, spoke French, learned Malagasy, got violently ill with dysentery, touched a dying sea turtle, went to a wedding, went to a funeral, and made friends from all over the world. My life in Madagascar was so drastically different from life in the western world that it is hard to believe I was ever there, and I find that the magnitude of this divide is near impossible to put into writing (let’s just say that I nearly had a panic attack when I walked into a Starbucks upon my return to the States). There is a very different mindset that governs Malagasy culture: pets are taboo, to point at someone is akin to giving them the finger, and they drink one kind of beer and eat four hundred different kinds of fish. The word for “please”—azafady—is also the word for “excuse me” and “I’m sorry.” No form of transportation is ever on time, and people move more slowly, less deliberately. They are proud of their culture yet adopt western oddi- ties—Rambo, for instance—and they will not be told what to do or how to do it, but will be quick to correct you. The great majority of people there are friendly, devious, beautiful and ex- tremely poor, and many will go to great ends to take advantage of a white person—a vazaha, or for- eigner—but at the same time, many will go to great ends to be- friend and enlighten you. And while a lot of my experiences there taught me to be careful who I trust, the opportunity to become a Christine Kong ’07 won the Women’s Club Championship part of a truly different, confusing, at Stonington Country Club in August. Not the Junior and incredible culture, to become Championship (which she also won) but the whole she- enlightened to something so far bang! She also placed second in the Rhode Island Women’s Golf Association Junior Golf Championship. from my norm, was worth the risk. Christine has returned for her senior year at Phillips Part of the mural I painted Exeter. ViewPoints 60 2008 Wiley Markham, 150 East Avenue, Westerly, RI 02891, email@example.com Jake Mortrude, 34 Chester Avenue, Westerly, RI 02891, firstname.lastname@example.org Nina Sheffield is starting the college search. According to her mom, Roxana Buell Sheffield ’68, “So far she loves New England Institute of Art, in Brookline, MA. She will be pursuing a degree in photography.” Nina’s great friend, Katie Wakefield, wrote a blog from Chile, from where she returned at the end of July. She had been studying and helping in earthquake relief, as well as doing a bit of traveling, especially to Ar- gentina. You can still see her writings by going to katiewakefieldschileanadventure.blogspot.com. Hunter Kodama ’07 was the Commencement Speaker at his graduation from Norwich Free Wendell Frink ’09 Academy. His speech revolved around a rainstorm that he had encountered on the way home shows his stuff as he from school. He referenced that the storm cleaned his car, “exposing the true, beautiful snowboards in his identity of my 1998 Toyota 4Runner, rusted bumper and all.” He went on: “NFA has since bathing suit on a warm provided us with the opportunity and environment in which to express our own personali- day at Butternut when ties; to discover new interests, to expand our knowledge, and to develop our own strengths. last year’s winter turned NFA has been that cleansing rainstorm, washing away our dirty covering and exposing each to spring. “There was a of our own personal identities and the unique beauty therein.” Hunter is now a student at pool of water about 8 Stanford and is shown with his proud family. inches deep at the base of the bunny hill and I decided to try and go across it while my friend took a picture. It came out great!” Emma Sutphen ’08 (far right) reports: “I successfully completed my junior year at Fitch Senior High School and I am planning on applying to Bowdoin early decision this fall. I am still compet- ing on my horse, and did even more this summer! Last year, I was accepted into a program allow- ing students from Fitch to study marine biology in Bermuda. However, last year I was a student, and this year I was accepted back into the program to teach the phase one students all about Bermuda’s flora, fauna, geography, and history! We went to dive sites all over Bermuda, from Horse Shoe Bay to North Rock! The Bermuda Program is a field study and so the ‘phase ones’, the first year students; the phase twos, the student teachers; and the teachers all stay at the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences (BIOS), formerly known as BBSR. We have the pleasure of sharing a library full of the latest marine biology information with the scientists, researchers, and students also staying at the BIOS station. Going to Bermuda last year for this class was one of the best ex- periences of my high school career. I am so glad that I will be able to share this experience with others kids now, as their teacher. I hope you’re all doing well! I miss the Pine Point community with all of my heart.” Emma is shown with other Fitch students in Bermuda in 2009, including, to her immediate right, Liz Cruthers, daughter of Associate Director of Development David Cruthers. What do tennis, Jane Goodall, and a veterinary camp in Ohio all have in common? None other than Duncan Brown ’08. After a successful 15-1 season, with a personal record of 13-3 in his first season as a member of the Stonington High School Bears JV tennis team last year, Duncan spent this past year as a member of the varsity squad. He is also a member of the varsity soccer team. The summer of 2009 was the tenth that Dun- can has spent at The Wilds, one of the largest wildlife conservation centers in the world at nearly 10,000 acres. The Wilds in Ohio is home to rare and endangered species from across the globe. According to Dun- can’s mother, Elizabeth Tobin Brown, “His experience there has evolved from enjoying watching the Prezwal- ski’s wild horses, African wild dogs, and bison romp to doing simple wildlife projects as a youngster to hands-on work in the field and in the lab as a pre-veterinary student. He has gone on feed runs to feed gi- raffes, bathed a Southern White Rhino, helped with necropsies (animal autopsies), done heart-rate monitor- ing during a procedure on a Grevy’s zebra, and helped diagnose diseased animals.” Part of Duncan’s love of animals has caused him to join both the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots and Shoots, nonprofit organizations that work to protect the environment around the world and to benefit chim- panzees. When Duncan and his mother heard that Dr. Goodall was going to be at Roger Williams Zoo, they made haste to Providence to be at her speaking engagement, where she was promoting her new book, Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species are Being Rescued from the Brink. With all his “free” time, Duncan has also started the college search process. ViewPoints 61 Caroline Burlingham ’09 writes, “Everything is great as far as school goes. I played three seasons of sports and I’m going into AP English, history, and language courses. I went with 20 other kids from my school to Argentina to study Spanish this summer and I interned for the Ned La- mont for Governor campaign. I love Middlesex (my school) and can’t wait to see all my friends again in September – and visit all my old teachers at Pine Point of course.” Olivia Denison ’09 (far left) was in touch. “I’ve met a lot of people this year, and made new friendships. I’ve gone to many concerts, and followed my friend’s band around, taking pic- tures and videos of them. I went to the Warped Tour and met some of my favorite bands like Alesana and Enter Shikari. And saw tons of other bands play. This year at The Williams School I’m either going to act in the fall and spring or do yoga and lacrosse. I spent time this summer in New Hampshire. It was nice weather up there, which is surprising because it’s usu- ally not.” Olivia is shown here with her fellow Pine Pointers Sarah Shourds ’09, Kimmie Meneo ’09, and Kyle Sebastian ’09 at last year’s Williams Holiday Ball. 2009 Anna Holt, 43 Barnes Road, Stonington, CT 06378, email@example.com Kyle Sebastian, 65 Coachman Pike, Ledyard, CT 06339, firstname.lastname@example.org Hannah Staley, 156 Long Wharf Road, Mystic, CT 06355, email@example.com Kate Scott wrote: “I’m starting up my second year at Westover. I enjoyed playing Members of the Class of 2009 made a great showing at Commencement to cheer varsity field hockey and lacrosse last year. I miss Pine Point so much and hope to on this year’s graduates. From left, Ceilie Moore, Anna Holt, Lydia Schulz, Han- see everyone soon!” nah Staley, Scarlet Caruso, Wendell Frink, Zack Dameron, Kate Scott and Olivia Denison. Julie Philippe was also on hand. 2010 Joseph Rosen, 49 Michael Lane, Ledyard, CT 06339, firstname.lastname@example.org Taras Pleskun had a wonderful first year at Norwich Free Academy. He scored well on the math and science placement tests and entered his freshman year seated in both Honors Math and Science. The NFA Language Department made room for him in the Russian class, and he made a quick transition from his grandmother’s Ukrain- ian dialect to the base language. Kyle Sebastian ’09 and Julie Philippe ’09 flank Asia Carter ’10, after Asia’s 9th grade speech. The two former classmates came back to Pine Point to support their friend. Julie spent most of the summer in France, and Kyle worked at the front desk at the MGM Grand Hotel at Foxwoods. He also attended a 10-day leadership conference in Washington, DC on law and advocacy in the early sum- mer. “I studied developing a case theory complete with a hook, theme, facts, and evidence. I also worked on preparing for a trial by learning about the opening statement, direct/cross examination, re-direct/cross examination, and closing statements and the various things that make them up. We finished with a mock trial in a real court room where we each portrayed witnesses and attorneys! We also spent a good bit of time exploring the DC area by visiting museums and law Ceilie Moore ’09, Parker Verhoeff ’09, Anna Holt ’09, Tim O’Brien ’09, Scarlet Caruso ’09, schools in the area as well as working on team building exercises. I made some of Thomas Benfield ’10, and Lydia Schulz ’09 enjoyed a wonderful day at the beach in Watch Hill the best friends I’ve ever had there from so many different places.” in July. ViewPoints 62 Former intern Amy Davis Brydges sent in this marvelous photo of her two chil- dren, Charles (8) and Emily (6) and wrote, “I live in Suffield, CT, with my hus- band and two children. The first plant to flower in our yard this year was a magnolia tree that Alicia Banister ’97 gave us (thanks, Alicia!) when we moved into our house the month after Charles was born. After teaching kindergarten for 17 years (10 in Newton, MA, and 7 in Longmeadow, MA), I taught 6th grade for a year due to dwindling enrollment in kindergarten. I loved the older kids, but I really love early childhood, so I am so pleased to be back in kinder- garten this year. The teachers at Pine Point (and Susan Kozel) taught me a lot rmer and helped me launch a successful teaching career. Thanks to all!” Fo Former Reading Specialist and long-time tutor Linda Lindquist continues to love her life in Cambridge, MA, with her husband, Peter, who also taught at Pine Point, most notably building the Faculty and Staff My first surprise was the size of the class: twenty-one adults ranging in age from twenty-one to eighty-three from ten different countries and speaking little or no English. Yikes! What was I oceanology program. Eight years ago, the Lindquists sold their thinking? But it was too late to back out because I had already home in Watch Hill and moved to Cambridge, drawn by the committed to it. prospect of taking advantage of all that the city has to offer. As it The following week I walked to the Cambridge Public Library turns out, their home also serves as a B&B (The Birdhouse Suite where the class was held. Was I nervous? You bet I was! I did have on Market Street). The 1831 brick home, which offers three com- detailed lesson plans from the regular teacher plus a head full of fortable apartments, attracts visitors from all over the world. As ideas acquired from my previous 20+ years of teaching. Just to be Linda writes, “Our proximity to MIT and Harvard is definitely a on the safe side, I took a shopping bag full of “tricks,” mostly items plus.” Adding to the Lindquist’s joy is their first grandchild, Cyrus from my home. Otto Hotchkiss, born to their son, Craig, and his wife, Hannah I started the class promptly at 1:00 p.m. It goes until 3:00. Each Redd. student said hello, how are you, and pronounced his or her name. In the true Pine Point spirit, both Linda and Peter remain active Most of the names were very difficult for me to say, and I had to and “life-long learners.” Linda recently took a Contemporary Issues ask (gesture, actually) the students to repeat them. They got a big lecture and discussion course and a writing course: (“Memories, kick out of my attempts to pronounce their names correctly. Mostly Stories, and Reflections”). Peter continues to stay busy, having with gesturing and pictures, we did all the activities in the folder completed a renovation project in Watch Hill and maintaining their left for me. At this point I looked at the clock and it was only 1:25 property in Cambridge. p.m. What WAS I thinking? A full hour and thirty-five minutes to In one of her communications, Linda related her experience in go. I hoped I wasn’t being filmed. Where were my former Pine working with a Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School student Point colleagues when I really needed them? from Nepal who has been in the United States for three years. Relying on my past teaching experiences, stints on the stage, Pictionary, public speaking, charades, motherhood and grandmoth- An ESL Experience erhood, I made it through the class with a sense of accomplishment and relief. Most of the students hugged me. I was very touched. I have become involved with the Cambridge Literacy Project and The main reason for wanting to share this experience with oth- am currently tutoring a 17-year-old girl from Nepal named Mira. ers came about when I saw how very much these people wanted to The director of the project sent out an email asking for volunteers learn. They tried so hard, were very serious about the work and to substitute teach in an ESL (English as a Second Language) were always attentive. At times I almost cried at their attempts. No class. How difficult could this be? I immediately volunteered and one was ever self-conscious about not knowing or understanding was asked to come in the week before I was to start teaching and something. English is a very difficult language to learn, and these meet the players and the teacher and to get a feeling for what goes students were so anxious to do well. The dedication, tenacity and on. When I told my husband, Peter, what I was going to do, he hard work were unbelievable to me. I loved it. They forgave me for rolled his eyes and said, “Linda, good luck. You can hardly under- my shortcomings and mispronunciations, and I praised them lav- stand your brother and his family from TENNESSEE!” ishly for their efforts. Would I do this again? Let me just say that I miss those people already. ViewPoints 63 Now in his fifth year of retirement after teaching at Pine Point for thirty years, Alan Banister continues to pursue those passions (most notably fishing and sailing) for which he was known during his time at the School. (He also is a regular driver for Meals on Wheels.) The great news is that he and wife Patience now have someone new with whom to share their love of the water. In this case, grandson Mason Alan Banister (son of David Banister ’91), who is shown enjoying his first sail in Little Narragansett Bay. Former Business Manager George Dunnington continues to closely follow the fortunes of the School. Back in early June, he wrote, “Dorothy and I are back in Mystic, arriving a little later than usual. We sold our condo in Fort Myers, FL, and bought a home, just a little bigger than the condo but with a pool, access to the Gulf and a garage. I am always so pleased to see the wonderful things that the Pine Point students and faculty are undertaking. The giving support that has been built over the years has been absolutely wonderful and has helped make the School’s programs strong and exciting. The next year will be a very busy and critical year as the School searches for a new head. The School’s strong competitive position should help to attract a person to the Head’s position that will lead the School forward to yet a higher level of success. Nonetheless, it is a very challenging job to find a person who has the compassion and leadership skills to make the adjust- ments to new ways and new goals. We are headed to Northfield Mount Her- mon for Dorothy’s 50th Reunion this weekend.” We had a wonderful update from former Director of Building and Grounds Charlie Wright and his wife, Debbie. Back in June they traveled to Nova Scotia, forty years after they first visited the Canadian province on their honeymoon! Debbie wrote, “We couldn’t remem- ber the name of the hotel we stayed on our honeymoon or exactly where it was located, although of course Charlie had an inkling. So he brought a few slides up here with him in hopes that we might use them to find the hotel…I showed a slide to a receptionist at our hotel and she immediately said, ‘Oh, that’s Mountain Gap Inn. My aunt still works there.’ So we hopped in the car and with great anticipation drove down the long road to the inn. We discovered that it is not only still standing, but it looks as warm and inviting and very much the same as when we were last there. At the water’s edge of the Mountain Gap Inn in Nova Scotia where we stayed in 1970 The same woman owns and works at the inn. That pub, where we ordered our drinks, had been changed into a restaurant but they kept some of the décor in- cluding the fireplace. Just touching the fireplace felt awesome. The rooms looked unchanged and charming. The pool where we swam long ago is still there, and yes, I have a Kodachrome image of Charlie diving in. The tennis court where we played endless matches is still there although the fence is now propped up, not unlike us. The grounds are even more beautiful than we remem- bered them. We walked down to the crystal clear water which mirrors the sky and tried to take everything in−the beauty, the sounds of the water brushing the shore, the fresh smell of the sea, the warmth of the sun, and especially our very good fortune to be standing there together−and remembered standing at the water’s edge before−and we felt 19 and 21 years old again, at least for a few moments.” From June 1970 ViewPoints 64 What Are You Doing For Dinner ? Last year, in its inaugural season, we enjoyed spirited gatherings at Dog Watch Café, Señor Flaco’s and The Up River Café. Those nights were so successful that we’re doing it again! Make plans to join other members of the Pine Point family for dinner at the restaurants listed below. 15% of all beverage and food orders will be donated to Pine Point! It’s not only a great way to support the School, but it’s also a fabulous opportunity to bring together Pine Point students, parents, past parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, and friends while enjoying outstanding food and drink. Wednesday, October 20, 2010 S&P Oyster House Mystic, Connecticut 1 Holmes Street 860-536-2674 www.sp-oyster.com Wednesday, November 17, 2010 Señor Flaco’s Westerly, Rhode Island 15 Canal Street 401-315-2626 www.flacosri.com Wednesday, December 14, 2010 Bridge Westerly, Rhode Island 37 Main Street 401-348-9700 www.bridgeri.com Reservations are requested by each restaurant. Pine Point School BULK RATE Non-Profit 89 Barnes Road Organization Stonington, CT 06378-2200 U.S. Postage PAID Address Service Requested Permit No. 11 Old Mystic, CT 06372 Pine Point pays the U.S. Postal Service a fee for every magazine not deliverable as addressed. Please help us manage our costs by informing the School of any change of address with members of the Pine Point family. 10% TOTAL RECOVERED FIBER ALL POST-CONSUMER FIBER Head of School Paul Geise traveled to Japan to participate in the Japan-U.S.Teacher Ex- change Program for ESD (Education for Sustainable Development), adminis- tered by Fulbright Japan. The program is designed to introduce Japanese and U.S. K-12 educators to each others’ cultures and education systems and to enhance sustainable devel- opment-related curricula in both nations. Mr. Geise’s re- flections on his experience are presented as the lead arti- cle in this issue. He’s shown with members of the girls’ tennis team at Ohya Junior High School.
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