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                                Whether learning to prepare fine pastries
                               or following in the footsteps of a surgeon,
                                Senior Projects expand the NA experience.
          Volunteer Work with
                                                           in Morristown
                          During their senior projects, Rebecca Groverman ’05

                          and Julia Cross ’05 befriended Conrad and Viper, dogs   Contents                                                       4

                          well on their way to becoming eyes for the blind. As

                          a witness to the transformation that takes place when

                          a blind individual gains confidence and independence

                          through partnership with a dog, Rebecca describes it
                          as “truly amazing experience.”                            24       16 Senior Projects
                                                                                                A Creative Solution
                                                                                                by Alexandra Mahoney
                                                                                             24 Cooking Class
                                                                                                Emeril’s Got Nothing on Them!
                                                                                                by Debra Marr
                                                                                             26 The Arizona Trip
                                                                                                Twenty-Two Years and Going Strong!
                                                                                                by Alexandra Mahoney
                                                                                    26       28 An Unforgettable Ride
                                                                                                by Jon Olesky
                                                                                             30 Rebuilding Lives
                                                                                                Tsunami Relief Work in Sri Lanka
                                                                                                by Tracy Robinton ’05

                                                                                             2 Perspectives
                                                                                    28       4 Viewpoint
                                                                                             7 NA News
                                                                                             14 From the Archives
                                                                                             34 Alumni Gatherings
                                                                                             35 Class Notes

                                                                                             Check out the latest alumni news!
               SPRING 2005
               Elizabeth Penney Riegelman
                      Head of School

                    Fred McGaughan
          Director of Institutional Advancement

                      Debra W. Marr
               Director of Communications

           Blackwood Parlin   Nancy McGaughan
        Alexandra Mahoney
                Ed Manigan
                              Keri Nowicki
                              John Olesky ’74
                   Tracy Robinton ’05
                                                              Perspectives                                                                                                                   3
                  BOARD OF TRUSTEES
                   William D. Green ’69                       FROM THE
        David G. Hardin ’73
             Vice Chairman
                               Gerald Lustig
                               Vice Chairman
                                                              Head of School
             Julianne Rose     Ernest W. Loesser
                                                              Each September for the past 15 years, Fred McGaughan, our director of admission, has assured the faculty that he has
                  Secretary    Treasurer                      assembled the best student body ever. So far, he has been right every year. This summer, Fred has changed hats and
                                                              offices to take on the challenge of managing the Academy’s advancement, alumni and marketing endeavors. He will
             Lynda Baccoli   Jonathan D. Olesky ’74
              Anne Essner    Anita Porto                      bring NA’s characteristic combination of intelligence, talent and spirit to his new role. Here’s a taste of his perspective.
             Randy Frankel   Richard Redmond ’77
          David N.W. Grant   E. Penney Riegelman
   Nancy Baird Harwood ’73   John B. Rubinstein ’64
           Noreen Hassan     Dr. Andrew Senchak
        Wayne D. Kent ’85    Robert Silver                    Elizabeth Penney Riegelman
       Joseph McGrath ’81    Jeff Silverman ’84
                    Carrie Somberg

      Louis V. Aronson II ’41  John L. McGraw ’49
              Paul Busse ’38   Robert S. Puder ’38
                                                              FROM THE
       William D. Hardin ’44   William T. Wachenfeld ’44
                                                              Director of Institutional Advancement
                    Leo M. Gordon ’69
                        President                             Three Cheers for NA!
                    Need name of VP                           As most of you know, Newark Academy is a place where hard work meets high hilarity –
                     Vice President                           I’ve never worked in a place that, at its core, believes so much that life is a joyous experience.
                  Scott N. Newman ’73                         Some great examples of this come from Spirit Week cheers that resound in morning meetings
                        Secretary                             and pep rallies each October. My favorite cheer involves the cheerleaders exhorting various
           Lance Aronson ’74    Jane Florin Langendorff ’80
                                                              constituencies to shout out, “We’re Ready!” This cheer dates back to the early ’90s when
Betsy Dollinger Bernstein ’86   Andrew J. Mulvihill ’81       Mary Burg was revitalizing the cheerleading squad. The squad will ask, say, the junior class,
                Harris Cohen    Richard Rapp ’71              the question, “Juniors, Juniors are you ready?” to which the juniors reply with gusto, “We’re
               Nita Dang ’90    Jed Rosenthal ’93
                                                              ready!” But the best, most typically NA-like conclusion to each segment of this cheer is the
       Leslie Abney Ford ’74    Amanda H. Rubinstein ’97
            Kim S. Hirsh ’80    Van Stevens ’65               funky dance the cheerleaders break into as everyone in the building sings and dances to the
              Ian Josloff ’90   Richard Szuch ’80             words “Boogie, boogie, boogie, ah boogie down!”
                Pamela Helfant Vichengrad ’94

                          Emeriti                             Even Blackie Parlin (or should I say especially Blackie Parlin) gets into the spirit of things. One year he spoke at morning
      J. Richard Beltram ’41  William C.H. Stroh III ’48      meeting and taught the community what he considered to be an enthusiastic yet fittingly erudite cheer that went like
                  Richard M. Watson ’50                       this: “Retard them. Retard them. Make them relinquish the ball!” And leave it to the kids to come up with their own
                                                              cheers. Our rival may be wearing the color blue while NA sports the red, and in keeping with spirit, sportsmanship, and
                    GRAPHIC DESIGN
                                                              of course good humor, the NA students holler, “Red is very good; blue is not so good!”
                   Abbie Moore Design

                      PHOTOGRAPHY                             I share this with you, because as director of institutional advancement, I suppose I’m a cheerleader, and right now NA
               Robyn Craig   Jerry Millevoi                   faces one of the biggest challenges in the school’s history: We simply must, now, ensure the long-term health of this great
                                                              school by building the endowment. Please call us, write us, and visit our school or our website to show your support for
   Outreach is a publication for Newark Academy alumni.
    Published by the Office of Institutional Advancement      this wonderful place. Are you ready? Then let’s “Boogie Down!”
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    Viewpoint      (of a graduating senior)

                SAM WEINREICH ’05
                                                           And so it has become of primary importance for me to           So let’s take a moment to admire boredom for a little bit.

         T.C. Abbey Oration at                             take this time to make some accounting of the time I’ve
                                                           spent here, while I am still, to some degree, able to do so.
                                                                                                                          Only in a bizarre place like modern America would I feel
                                                                                                                          the need to defend my favorite state of mind. Because

            Commencement                                   I understand a little bit about the cutting room floor of
                                                           human consciousness, and I know that it is only a matter
                                                                                                                          only a nation as strange as ours would manage to arrive at
                                                                                                                          the very odd idea that that which is boring is automatically
                                                           of time before my subconscious has managed to reduce           not worthwhile. In this culture of instant gratification we
                      JUNE 12, 2005                        the incredibly vivid range of experiences I’ve had here        have a tendency to plot our lives like action movies: we
                                                           into a single odious montage, most likely soundtracked         rush around all day doing “interesting” things (usually
                                                           to Blink182. I give most of you around two years before        involving explosions and vast quantities of hair gel) and
                                                           you’ve convinced yourselves that your lives here really        then arrive at a whole that is completely devoid of value.
                                                           did revolve around the twin axes of Homecoming and             Which is why I believe that it is boredom that creates the
                                                           Prom, and you begin to have more and more trouble              value in our lives. Think about the friends you have made
                                                           distinguishing your bona fide memories                                            here – how would you characterize the
                                                           of high school from the plotlines on                                              ones that are the very closest to you?

                                                                                                   ‘‘ ’’
                                                           Saved By the Bell. I am not saying that it                                        They are the people with whom you
                                                           is wrong for us to be nostalgic, but it is                                        spend time almost by default, when
                                                           important that we know exactly where              Time does                       there’s nothing else going on. They are
                                                           we stand. They love to tell you that the
                                                           winners write the history books, but
                                                                                                            funny things                     the ones into whose houses you walk
                                                                                                                                             uninvited. In short: they are the ones
                                                           what they forget to mention is that the          to the mind.                     you enjoy being bored around the
                                                           winners’ children never once bother to                                            most. I’d like to tell one story that I
                                                           read them.                                                                        think may illustrate my point. It takes
                                                                                                                          place, as it happens, during a speech – freshman year
                                                           And so, Class of 2005, I ask you the only question that
                                                                                                                          convocation, in fact.
                                                           I think can possibly matter at a time like this: what were
                                                           you doing all this time? How, honestly, did you spend          I had the good fortune to be sitting next to a dear friend
                                                           your four years as a high school student? Your 1,461           of mine who is now sitting among you. Alas, we were not
           TIME DOES SOME FUNNY THINGS TO THE MIND.        days. Your 35,064 hours. Can you account for all that          then the fully developed paragons of wisdom and virtue
                                                           time with dances and elections and tests and homework          that stand before you today. Around the 25th minute of
              IN ANOTHER FOUR YEARS WE WILL HAVE           and parties and dates and all of the other garbage they        our distinguished speaker’s speech, we looked at each
                                                           told us that high school was all about? I didn’t think so.     other. We were bored. With the skill born of long practice,
                                                           So where is the rest of it? Where is all of the time that      we took stock of the resources at our disposal. They were
           FORGET, AND WE’LL BE LEFT WITH OUR   16 LINES   seems to have already fallen into the crevices between         slim. We had the change in our pockets and the light
                                                           neurons? I am going to give you my answer today, but           brown programs they gave us at the door. Wordlessly,
             OF INITIALS AND JIBBERISH, PUZZLING OVER      I sincerely hope that you will, at some point, take the        my friend took his program and deftly folded it into a
                                                           time to arrive at your own conclusions.                        kind of origami bowl. Wordlessly, I took the bowl away
           THEM LIKE HIEROGLYPHICS, LIKE THE KEY TO THE                                                                   from him. I then tore my program into a bunch of
                                                           For my part, I spent the overwhelming majority of my
                                                                                                                          triangles of light brown oak-tag and put them all into
             HEART OF SOME LONG-BURIED CIVILIZATION.       high school years – of my entire childhood, in fact – in
                                                           one of the following two conditions: (1) I was bored           his bowl. I took one and put it into my mouth, and then
                                                           (2) I was waiting for something to happen.                     offered the bowl back to him. He took one, bit into it,
                                                                                                                          and grinned at me. By the conclusion of convocation,
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    we had eaten every one of our improvised corn chips.            than with doing anything interesting. I guess not everyone
    I share this anecdote with all of you as a way of telling       is as adept at being bored as all of us. But just in case
    you that these are the moments to treasure in high school       you’ve forgotten what you’ve learned here, I’ve decided to
    – these are the things that are lasting, and valuable, and      take some time to give you just four suggestions of things
    permanent: not the things that we did because we had            to do and not do in college when you’re bored.
    to, but the things we did when we had nothing else to do.
                                                                    1) Change something. Move a statue from one side of
    I would be remiss if I failed to address the academic           campus to the other if you have to.
    portion of our stay at the Academy, but surprisingly it
    is here that I do not exactly know what to say. It is as        2) Many of your schools have an endowment of over a
    if I have been called upon to speak about my hair color,        billion dollars that it invests in a variety of ways. That is a
    or my height. The education I have received here has            whole lot of money, and such sums of money can impact
    become such an integral part of my                              the world. Have an opinion about what your school does
    sense of myself as a human being                                                  with its endowment. Does it support

    that I can no more imagine being                                                  industries with oil policies that will be
    without than I could imagine                Move a statue                         unsustainable for our generation? Maybe
                                                                                      (gasp) write somebody about it.
    being deaf or blind. I can, however,
    at least speak for all of us when I         from one side                         3) Read something worth reading.
                                                                                                                                                       Acting Governor Richard Codey
    thank our teachers for making us
                                                of campus to                                                                                        Addresses Newark Academy Graduates
    the people we are today. We                                                       4) Get outside. If you’re going to school
                                                  the other...                        in a city, see a play. If you’re not, go for

    walked into high school bored,
                                                                                      a hike.                                                   Richard Codey, Acting Governor of the State of New Jersey, delivered the
    yes, and waiting for something to
                                                                                                                                                commencement address to 98 graduates during the June 12th ceremony
    happen to us. We walk out men
                                                                                      5) Don’t watch television. It’s a narcotic.               in the Simon Family Field House.
    and women with a sense of purpose and a sense of our
    place in the world. You are the ones responsible for pro-       I’ve made it this far in my speech without invoking a                       Codey, a champion for health care and mental health issues, and an advocate
    viding us with that. Our professors may give us jobs and        single dead white guy, but I’m about to break the streak                    for education and the rights of women and minorities, began his career in
    careers, but I don’t think any of us will ever again have our   by appropriating the words of the great 20th century                        state government as an assemblyman in 1973 at the age of 26. In 1981 he won
    minds so thoroughly shaped, molded, and recast – at least       philosopher-poet John Lennon. He said: “Life is what                        election to the State Senate, and in November 2003 he was elected to the
    until we get married.                                           happens while you’re busy making other plans.” If I                         Office of Senate President.
                                                                    could ask you to take one thing from your four years here,
    And now we are going off to college. Not only will we be                                                                                    When Governor James McGreevey resigned last year, Codey, as Senate
                                                                    I would ask you to remember that life’s waiting rooms are
    learning with our new communities, but we will be living                                                                                    President, assumed the powers and responsibilities of the Office of Governor.
                                                                    just as formative experiences as its doctors’ offices. That’s
    with them, and thus every one of the non-events that                                                                                        In this capacity, he has worked diligently to restore integrity, stability and a
                                                                    the way I’ve come to think of high school – as one gigantic
    form our life will occur within their figurative walls. This                                                                                sense of purpose to the governance of New Jersey.
                                                                    waiting room. We were each thrown together by chance
    makes it all the more important that we learn how to
                                                                    with 97 other individuals who just happened to have                         He has made ethics in government a primary focus of his administration’s
    spend the vast amounts of time in which there is nothing
                                                                    the same appointment time – 5:30 p.m. on June 12, in                        policy agenda and has insisted that his fellow legislators heed the demand of
    particular going on. Frankly, I have been pretty unimpressed
                                                                    the year 2005. The classics were our magazines, and the                     our citizens for accountability and credibility in the institutions and people
    with some of the college campuses I’ve visited. I’ve seen a
                                                                    chairs were just as uncomfortable as they always are. And                   entrusted with governing our state.
    lot of students who seem more preoccupied with protecting
                                                                    so, to the Newark Academy Class of 2005 AD, I have
    their grade-inflated GPA’s from actual academic standards
                                                                    only one thing left to say: the doctor will see you now.
                                                                   Class of 2005                                                       Lawrence Jewkes
                                                                                                                                     Aston University (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                         Matthew Reichel
                                                                                                                                                                         Brown University
                                                                 COLLEGE DESTINATIONS                                                 Michael Khidekel                     Julia Reisen
                                                                                                                                     School of Visual Arts                Oberlin College
                                                          Ryan Adeleye                            Komal Desai                            Sarah Kirk                     Christopher Resler
                                                         Davidson College                  George Washington University               Middlebury College                 Amherst College
                                                         Richard Ainsley                           Sarah Dobro                         Priya Kothari                    William Richardson
                                                    University of Durham (UK)                    Skidmore College                 Carnegie Mellon University           University of Richmond
                                                         Jonathan Allocca                       Pallavi Doddakashi                       Daniel Kott                      Tracy Robinton
                                                        Fordham University              University of Maryland-College Park    Washington University in St. Louis        Cornell University
                                                        Corinne Almquist                        Jacquelyn Dorsky                     Brandon Lawrence                    Odette Rodrigues
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                                                        Middlebury College                       Brown University                    University of Virginia              Harvard University

                                                         Faryn Altschuler                          Bridget Duffy                          Max Levy                         Jordan Rose
                                                         Cornell University                   Philadelphia University          Virginia Technological University         Dartmouth College

                                                          Jenna Bagnoli                             Avi Dunn                           Emily LiMandri                   Nicholas Schifano
                                                 University of Southern California           Johns Hopkins University              Johns Hopkins University             Villanova University

                                                         Betina Bethlem                           Serena Eber                                                             Ariel Schvarcz
                                                                                                                                         Emily Litwin
                                                                                                                                                                         Emory University
                                                     University of Pennsylvania                  Wilkes University                      Carleton College
                                                                                                                                                                          Amy Sherman
                                                          Sam Birnbaum                          Jaclyn Emanuel                          Jason Luks
                                                                                                                                                                         Lehigh University
                                                          Carleton College                     University of Miami                   New York University
                                                                                                                                                                           Justin Silver
                                                          Danielle Blake                           Alice England                    Melissa Mandelbaum
                                                                                                                                                                          Tufts University
                                                     University of Pennsylvania              Sheffield University (UK)        University of Maryland-College Park
                                                                                                                                                                         Scott Simontacchi
                                                        Michael Calcara                          Yulian Fedulov                       Molly McGaughan                   Vanderbilt University
                                                      Wake Forest University                Carnegie Mellon University                 Hamilton College
                                                                                                                                                                           Jenna Slutsky
                                                            Jason Cali                           Brett Finkelstein                    Christine McKeon                    Barnard College
                                                     University of Pennsylvania                  Brown University                      Barnard College
                                                                                                                                                                         Jacquelyn Snyder
                                                           Erin Calma                            Johanna Flyer                           Joli McTerrell                   Skidmore College
                                                    Carnegie Mellon University                University of Rochester                  Temple University
      THE BENEDICTION                                                                                                                                                     Sarah Stewart
              by Emily Litwin ’05                       Christina Capatides                      Daniel Forman                         Arunima Mekala                University of Pennsylvania
                                                       Georgetown University               George Washington University               Syracuse University
    A traditional benediction is a blessing,
                                                                                                                                                                          Adam Subhas
                                                           Jason Chan                             Mark Fritze                         Kristen Mulgrew                    Haverford College
    a prayer. While Newark Academy has          Massachusetts Institute of Technology           Gettysburg College                    Hampshire College
    no religious affiliation, we should not                                                                                                                                 Nina Suda
                                                           Julien Cobert                      Gregory Fullenkamp                        Bobby Oboodi                    Columbia University
    deny ourselves a moment of idol
                                                          Duke University                        Union College                         Cornell University
    worship as we sit at the feet of our                                                                                                                                   Sarah Taylor
    beloved teachers — our mentors and                Catherine Coggeshall                      Gabriel Gaviola                          Eva Olesky                       Drew University
    our friends. One of the greatest                  Wake Forest University                  Georgetown University                    Cornell University
                                                                                                                                                                        Timothy Ullmann
    things about this school is the num-                 Arielle Confino                        Kimberly Goldfarb                        Timothy Orr                  Northwestern University
    ber and breadth of its gurus: from           Washington University in St. Louis              Lehigh University                      Yale University
                                                                                                                                                                           Daniel Urban
    the intellectual sages to the artistic               Annie Connors                           Robert Gordon                          John Ostrow                     Columbia University
    virtuosos to the dodge-ball masters,                 Boston University                     Harvey Mudd College                    Bucknell University
    we’ve got them all.
                                                                                                                                                                        Douglas Vollmayer
                                                          Juliane Corman                          Jake Gorelov                            Sean Payne                Pennsylvania State University
    If we take with us the wisdom and                     Barnard College                        Williams College                Stevens Institute of Technology           Melina Ward
    common sense our teachers have                         Julia Cross                           Jamal Gorrick                         Jacqueline Peyser                 Middlebury College
    proffered, we will have gone a far way              New York University                     Harvard University                     Cornell University                Samuel Weinreich
    towards immortalizing them. My wish                                                                                                                                   Williams College
                                                         Ashley Cyburt                         Rebecca Groveman                        Elizabeth Pfeffer
    today is that for the next four years
                                                      University of Richmond                  Mount Holyoke College                      Colby College                   Stephen Wentz
    — for our whole lives, really — we can be
                                                        Brendt de St. Paer                     Aviad Haimi-Cohen                       Michael Pickoff                 Wake Forest University
    in a place as open and as generous
    as NA, a place committed to learning               University of the South                  Brown University                  Sarah Lawrence University              Christine Werner
    and to the benefits of community.                     Daniel Deraney                        Samy Hamdouche                          Naveen Reddy                     Lehigh University
                                                State University of New York-Albany             Stanford University                    Boston University                   Adam Yeung
                                                                                                                                                                         Lehigh University
                                                                                                                               Tony Argibay ’09 presents
                                                                                                                               athletic equipment to the
                                                                                                                               school principal as a show
                                                                                                                               of gratitude for the tour and
                                                                                                                               cultural exchange

                                                                                                                                   For many years, Newark Academy students have traveled
                                                                                                                                   on school sponsored spring break trips. Of the nine trips
                                                                                                                                   conducted this past year, Señor Gomez’s trip to Costa Rica
                                                                                                                                   was one of two international trips, and the only trip that
                                                                                                                                   was open to middle school students.

                                                                                        2005                                    Since Señor Luis Gomez joined the NA community in
                                                                                                                                September 1992, he has organized and led a total of
                                                                                                                                11 trips to several different Hispanic-American countries.
                                                                                                                                                                       This year was the
10                                                                                                                                                                                                  11
                                                                                                                                                                       third such venture
                                                                                                                      SPRING BREAK                                     to Costa Rica and
                                                                                                                                                                       involved the largest
                           PERFORMING ARTS                                                                      A Costa Rican Journey                                  group in Señor’s
                                                                                                                                                                       history – more

                A Funny Thing Happened                                                                   2005
                                                                                                                  with Señor Gomez
                                                                                                                       by Keri Nowicki
                                                                                                                                                                       than 40 students
                                                                                                                                                                       from grades six
                                                                                                                                                                       through nine.

                On the Way to theForum                                                                                                                                    The group traveled
                                                                                                                                   to four different towns, each in a different ecological area.
                                                                                                                                   The first day was spent at the capital city of San Jose,
                                                                                                                                   followed by two days at La Fortuna, in the valley of
                         ...32 YEARS LATER                                                                                         volcanic mountains, then on to the Pacific beach resort
                                                                                                                                   of La Fiesta in Puntarenas, and finally to the mountain
     On March 3, 2005, the play A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the                                                           town of Monteverde, on the edge of the Cloud Forest.
     Forum returned to the NA stage after 32 years. The first production was                                                       One of the highlights was the tour of a typical Costa Rican
     directed by former faculty member Hampton Abney and featured Nancy                                                            high school, La Fortuna Secondary School. Our group
     Baird Harwood ’75 in a leading role. Nancy is currently a member of NA’s                                                      of students was divided into smaller groups and given
     board of trustees.                                                                                                            tours of the academic school led by their Costa Rican
     The spring 2005 production was directed by Scott Jacoby and featured                         1973                             contemporaries, followed by a trip down the road to
     several faculty and staff members, along with a very talented cast led by                                                     check out the school farm.
     Michael Pickoff ’05, Corinne Almquist ’05, Ted Gibson ’06 and Scott                                                           While the merit of the athletic teams’ spring trips is
     Simontacchi ’05. Despite challenges from Mother Nature, the show must                                                         evident – they serve as valuable pre-season training
     and did go on... and it was spectacular!                                                                                      opportunities – international trips give students the
     A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum was originally a book                                                          opportunity to immerse themselves in a different culture
     written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbert. The real funny thing is that                                                     and experience the language in a way that cannot be
     Burt Shevelove was an NA graduate, Class of 1933.                                                                             taught in a classroom. And by traveling within several
                                                                                                                                   different ecological environments, as Señor Gomez’s
     Former cast members, from the 1973 production, were invited to this                                                           groups do, the students not only experience different
     year’s performance. Suzanne Citron Pitts ’73, who played the role of                                                          ecosystems but learn about the socio-economic diversity
                              Gymnasia, fondly recalled:
                                                                                           1973                                    within the country, as well.
                               My career on stage began when I was one of the                                                      During the tour of La Fortuna Secondary School, NA
                               Kent Place girls that came over to try out for the                                                  students were given the chance to interact with the Costa
                               Variety Show of 1969. This was back in the day                                                      Rican students on a personal level, giving them a raw view
                               when Newark Academy was all boys and had to                                                         of life outside of the United States. At first glance, life in
                               import the (female) talent. Although my part as a                                                   Costa Rica may seem unfortunate, with the imposing, steel
                               “chorus girl” was not spectacular, a truly spectacular                                              security fence around the school ground and the notion of
                               thing did occur. I fell in love with the stage, Newark                                              secondary school itself being optional, but after getting to
                               Academy, and mostly the stage manager, Doug Pitts.                                                  know their tour guides, Newark Academy students learned
                               I transferred to NA in 1971 when it went co-ed and                                                  that the Costa Rican students do not consider themselves
                               have such great memories of Li’l Abner, Music Man,                                                  under-privileged. Charlotte Rosen ’08 summed it up
                               Forum, and all the fun in everything Hampton                                                        well, “Though they were poor in supplies, their way of
                    1973       Abney produced and directed.                                       1973                             life was pure and rich.”
                                                                               Lydia Masterson and Carol Spooner recently traveled
                                                                               to Colorado for an intensive workshop on counseling
                                                                               and peer leadership strategies.
                                                                               Fred McGaughan, formerly the director of admission,
                                                                               has been appointed director of institutional advance-
                                                                               ment and Kathleen Cronheim has been named
                                                                               associate director of institutional advancement. The

     Faculty Focus                                                             admission office will now be directed by Kathleen
                                                                               Sigrist, a three-year veteran of the Newark Academy
                                                                               community.                                                                                                                                                                       13

                                                                               Science teacher Sandy Palmer and her husband
                                                                               welcomed their first child into the world on April 25
     Lee Abbey, humanities department chair, was this year’s                   – a beautiful baby girl, Willow Maxine.
     summer sabbatical recipient. He plans to explore the
                                                                               Blackie Parlin and his wife, Joan, traveled to Morocco
     origins of the Industrial Revolution in his travels to
                                                                               in June as part of a travel grant awarded to Blackie
     Great Britain.
                                                                               two years ago for completing his 45th year of teaching
     Stephanie Acquadro, upper school English and film teacher,                at the Academy.
     traveled to Paris to explore the landscape of French film classics.
                                                                               David Pasquale, English teacher and head coach of
     Dan Erlandson, AP/IB environmental studies teacher,                       Newark Academy’s basketball and baseball teams,
     has earned a grant from Earthwatch to study biodiversity                  has accepted a position as athletic director at Gill
     in Africa.                                                                St. Bernards School, beginning in September 2005.

                                                                                                                                                                                THE SPORTS REPORT
                                                                                                The Business Office Team:
                                                                                                Sam Goldfischer, Mary Helen Emmerich,
                                                                                                                                                                    End of Year Highlights
                                                                                                Sandy Marano, Keri Nowick
                                                                                                                                         The 2005 spring varsity boys and girls athletic           Princeton Day School for the State Prep B title and an
                                                                                                                                         teams produced two team records and two winning           appearance in the State Non-Public North B championship
                                                                                                                                         playoff trophies.                                         game against Paterson Catholic.
                                      Mary Helen Emmerich is Moving On                                                                   The boys tennis team won the State Non-Public B trophy    Two of NA’s girls varsity teams set records for victories
     At the end of this past academic year, Mary Helen                     worked side by side and throughout it all, she has freely     for the 27th consecutive year and climaxed their record   this spring. The lacrosse team had an all-time best record
     Emmerich closed the payroll book for the last time. After             extended her friendship and her loyalty. It’s amazing to      run with a Tournament of Champions victory, their third   of 10-6 and played very competitive games against Top
     29 years in the business office at Newark Academy, Mary               think that her 29-year career at NA all began with a phone    straight overall tennis championship. NA has won this     Twenty opponents Ridge, Oak Knoll, Kent Place and
     Helen looks forward to enjoying more time with her                    call to a “Temp” agency.”                                     trophy eleven times since it was inaugurated in 1992.          Pingry. The softball team established a new single-
     growing family. She will be missed by the NA community.                                                                             In achieving these milestones, the boys completed                   season mark for wins with a 16-9 record,
     Those sentiments are reflected in the recollections of two            From Sandy Marano, Business Office Assistant:                 a sterling 29-0 record and presently boast a 68-                        including a victory in the first round of
     of her longtime colleagues:                                           “When some people are having a difficult time falling         match unbeaten streak.                                                    the North Non-Public B softball playoffs.
                                                                           asleep at night, they count sheep. Since coming to
     From Sam Goldfischer, Director of Business and Finance:               Newark Academy, I count Mary Helen’s grandchildren,           The boys baseball team continued its                                       Overall, our spring athletic teams
     “Four heads of school... four business managers... hun-               recalling their names and the families they belong to!        winning ways with a 19-11 record this                                      achieved a very successful cumulative
     dreds of employees... thousands of students. Mary Helen                                                                             year, which included a 10-2 victory over                                   won loss record of 91-60.
     Emmerich has served them all – with a positive attitude,              Mary Helen has been such a strong, wonderful friend
     a kind word and a smile. Newark Academy has been as                   during my nine years in the business office. At difficult
     much a part of Mary Helen’s life, as much a part of her               times, she always put things into perspective with her                    Congratulations to all of our athletes and coaches for a job well done!!
     sleepless nights and as much a part of her pride, as her              often repeated phrase: ‘In 10 years is this going to matter
     husband, three daughters and 10 grandchildren have been.              to you?’ I will truly miss her daily friendship and advice
                                                                           and wish her all the beauty and happiness a retirement
     When I arrived at the Academy in December 1991, Mary                  with the one you love has to offer.”
     Helen lent an experienced shoulder. Since then, she has
     lent me her ear in crisis and her wisdom when I’ve been               We wish you good health and a joyous time in your
     faced with a dilemma. On good days and bad, we’ve                     retirement!
     From the Archives                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          15

                                                                                                                                                                           the masters          communiqués of displeasure, rolling eyes, a disapproving
                                                                                                                                                                            had a sense         gesture. So, without missing a beat of my learned lecture
                                                                                                                                                                             of humor, so       on Jefferson’s considerable trust in the goodness of man’s
                                                                                                                                                                              if they hit       nature, I kicked “T” very fiercely in the calf. I was pleased
                                                                                                                                                                                a student       that for the rest of the class “T’s” torment of the classmate
                                                                                                                                                                                between         ceased. After class, however, “T” confronted me. He towered
                                      Learning Not To Be                                                                                                                         the eyes
                                                                                                                                                                                  with an
                                                                                                                                                                                                over me, and his chest kept pushing me back, and he said
                                                                                                                                                                                                with a threatening tone, “Don’t ever kick me again.” I
                                        Sister Aloysius                                                                                                                 they could
                                                                                                                                                                                  eraser,       confess here for the first time that “T” scared me. I gulped
                                                                                                                                                                                                and managed to say with a tone of menace, “And don’t
                                                                                                                                                             graciously accept apprecia-        you ever again put your feet up on the seat of another
                                                      by Blackwood Parlin                                                                         tive applause from the class. But there       student.” My heart was racing; I was scared; I should have
                                                                                                                                 were mean ones. And at NA, too.                                gotten an Academy Award for faking fierceness.
                                             Fascinated by an interview                                                          When I started teaching, I had very clear intellectual         At home I sat late into the evening, smoking (yes, another
                                                                                                                                 goals for my classes. When a friend asked me my goals          confession) and reflecting on the episode. I started by
                                               with the playwright and                                                           in my first week of teaching United States history, I said     thinking, “I don’t kick people; that’s not me. I don’t even
                                                                                                                                 I wanted to make clear the philosophical differences           throw chalk at people. Why am I taking this posture in
                                              actors in “Doubt,” I went                                                          between the world views of Thomas Jefferson and                my classroom?” When I went back to school the next
                                                                                                                                 Alexander Hamilton. I still think that is an excellent         day, I was well on the way to defining the style of teacher
                                                 to see the play, with                                                           intellectual beginning for United States history.              which I wanted to be. Thank you, “T” – you helped me.
                                             no thought that I would be                                                          I had given no thought, however, to what I wanted my           Finally, in my first year, a group of seniors confided in
                                                                                                                                 personal relationship to the students to be. Early on I        me that their friend “W” was into heroin and they asked
                                                prompted to a number                                                             threw a few pieces of chalk and erasers, because that          for my help. I knew about heroin only because I had read
                                                                                                                                 was my model. And I remember that my first, very first,        the Autobiography of Malcolm X which described Malcolm’s
                                            of recollections of my student                                                       words to my senior class were, “Listen carefully, and I’ll     early years in Harlem. In my helpless and naïve way I
                                                                                                                                 tell you how to pass the course.” I knew I had scared a        tried to help “W” and remained a friend until he ultimately
                                              and early teaching years.                                                          lot of them and that seemed perfect.                           took his own life some years later.

     T  he play, which will no longer be on Broadway when
     this column appears, centers on the conflict between
                                                                    purpose. She counsels the young teacher to cultivate
                                                                    sternness and is proud that the students are in terror
                                                                                                                                 My teaching philosophy was shaped by three events early
                                                                                                                                 in my career. Once, when I had lunch with the saintly
                                                                                                                                 Otto Huddle, I asked him to give me his best advice
                                                                                                                                                                                                Again, I remember with great immediacy my late evening
                                                                                                                                                                                                pondering and the realization that sometimes the great
                                                                                                                                                                                                philosophical conflicts of history don’t mean a damn, and
     Sister Aloysius, the head of a Catholic grammar school,        of her. She is magisterial, humorless, menacing, and         derived from a long and distinguished teaching career. He      what is essential is that a teacher embrace a student with
     and Father Flynn who is suspected by Sister Aloysius of        a believer in corporal punishment. Affection, love, and      thought a long time and said, “Just when you feel you’d        affection. In the play Doubt there is a masterful portrayal
     having an improper relationship with a young altar boy.        compassion are alien to her manner. In her narrow            like to kill a kid, sit down and talk; you’ll never            of a young nun, Sister James, who has the instinct for this
     I have nothing to say here about the central issue or the      way she wants what she thinks is best for her students,      feel the same after the talk.”                                 cardinal principle of teaching which Sister Aloysius tries
     plot; my focus is on Sister Aloysius.                          but she shows no hint of fondness for any of them.                                                                          to bully out of her.
                                                                                                                                 Then, there was my encounter in the first week with
     Sister Aloysius sees her young charges as willful, the fruit   I had a few such troglodytes as teachers and as teacher-     _______. I’ll call him “T” for “tough.” In one class, “T”      All fine teachers sometimes need a bit of the magisterial
     of Original Sin, despicably in need of suspicious oversight    colleagues at the outset of my professional career. Most     kept putting his feet up on the seat of the student in front   power of Sister Aloysius but must never surrender the
     and use of the switch. When a young teacher reports that       of my teachers in my boys’ school threw objects in class –   of him. Frequently, he deliberately kicked the rear of the     instinct which Sister James had – to regard the student
     a boy has had a severe nosebleed, Sister Aloysius suspects     erasers, chalk – and Mr. Cornet, in times of extreme         student. “T” was totally unresponsive to my subtle             with affection. NA
     that the bleeding was self-inflicted for some devious          provocation, would throw the Bible. However, most of
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                                        The History and Philosophy
                                        of NA’s Senior Project
                                        “The senior project was born in the early ’70s as both a solution
                                        and an opportunity,” explains John Limmer, one of two faculty
                                        founders of the senior project tradition at Newark Academy. The
                                        “solution” part addressed the problem of teaching seniors in
                                        the spring after they’d gotten into college: it just wasn’t working.
                                        The “opportunity” part spoke to an educational philosophy, more
                                        prominent during the early 70’s, that embraces the importance of
                                        learning outside of the classroom. Getting students out from
                                        behind their desks and into the world was a fundamental part
     A CREATIVE SOLUTION                of the philosophy behind the value of the senior project, and it
                                                                                                                    Some Faculty Favorites
     by Alexandra Mahoney               remains so today.
                                                                                                                    •   Shadowing a surgeon
     From trading on the floor of       “It was in the air,” says Joe Borlo, the other faculty founder, referring   •   Biking in China
     the stock exchange to observing    to the educational climate of the ’70s in which both students and           •   Interning with a massage
     a laparoscopic cholecystectomy,    institutions were willing to take risks in hopes of finding innovative          therapist
     from scuba diving four miles off   and exciting ways to educate young people. The idea of a spring             •   Serving as a volunteer fireman
     the Jersey coast to accompanying
                                        project initiated autonomously by the senior and conducted off-             •   Learning equine massage
     a field representative from the
     Screen Actors Guild on the set     campus was drifting about the independent school circuit at the             •   Canoeing the Delaware
     of “The Sopranos” – senior         time. Apparently Newark Academy sometimes likes to boast that               •   Investigating the 1906 San
     projects at Newark Academy         it was the first independent school to employ a senior project                  Francisco earthquake
     present an extraordinary           program, but this assertion cannot be proven.
                                                                                                                    •   Working on the floor of the
     opportunity to experience life                                                                                     New York Stock Exchange
     and pursue dreams beyond the       Still, the idea was controversial: many teachers thought such a             •   Assisting a wild animal
     academic realm.                    nebulous plan a waste of time; students ought to be in class.                   veterinarian

 senior projects
                                                                                                                    •   Researching dolphins in
                                        The very first incarnation of the senior project consisted of mini-
                                        courses which offered non-traditional subject matter, like writing
                                                                                                                    •   Interning for the Daily Record
                                        a science fiction novel or building a bird-house. This idea failed,
                                                                                                                    •   Living in a convent
                                        though, because the essential problem of keeping a senior happy
                                                                                                                    •   Producing a CD in a recording
                                        and engaged during the final months remained.                                   studio (a group project)
                                                                                                                    •   Working for the Georgia Sea
                                                                                                                        Turtle Conservation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       SENIOR PROJECTS

                                         “The senior project offers the opportunity to learn about a new and exciting
                                                enterprise or activity, in depth, for up to four weeks. In taking up such an
                                         opportunity with both enthusiasm and a sense of responsibility, seniors will have a
                                              chance to test themselves against the world in a significant way,” states the
                                        2005 Senior Project pamphlet. Sometimes the new and exciting enterprise unexpectedly
                                            becomes a first stepping stone on a path of personal or professional significance

                                          as the graduate moves from Newark Academy’s community into the larger world.

                                                                    “We needed to do something for them,” explains Joe, hitting    experience offers students an opportunity to do something

                                                                                                                                                                                                    a radio station
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                                                                    on another fundamental element of the senior project idea.     they would not ordinarily be able to do and/or it offers                           Suzanne Paragano-Gawron ’93
                                                                    In its conception, the project respects rather than limits     students an opportunity to explore a potential professional                        Senior Project: Intern for a
                                                                    the senior poised uniquely on the cusp of independence         interest. John Limmer affirms that we value both approaches,                       Radio Station
     From Blackie Parlin on his                                     and adulthood. His duties to his academic education are        the creative and the practical.                                                    While the daytime hours at WDHA
     son’s senior project                                           complete, and he anticipates the challenges and joys of                                                                                           weren’t all that exciting – copying and
                                                                                                                                   In fact, the nature of the project is more process-oriented                        gopher tasks and such, it was Friday
     “My son, Andrew Parlin ’79, wanted                             college life a few months away. A 1979 document explaining
                                                                                                                                   than product-focused. The challenge for seniors of initiating                      night Metal Night with Cheryl Richards
     to experience a utopian commune.                               the senior project guidelines states:
                                                                                                                                   an idea, finding a reliable sponsor, and completing the                            from 10-12 pm and the Saturday night
     He made contact and spent a week
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All Request Show with Manny Glynn in
     or so on each of two, The Farm in                               “Each high school wrestles with the problem of providing      project’s requirement remains at the heart of its merit.                           the same time slot that really made the
     Tennessee and a Christian commune                              a productive and meaningful experience in the spring for       This process generally brings a multitude of obstacles and                         project interesting. Suzanne was able
     founded in Georgia in the 1940s by
                                                                    seniors who have been accepted to college. Your thoughts       a frequent need for revision. Even projects which might                            to work in the control room with the
     a bi-racial group. I knew that on The
                                                                    look ahead to the future and the routine of classes seems      not necessarily make an engaging magazine article fulfill                          hosts, answering phones for requests
     Farm there would be “hippie types”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and occasionally getting some air time
     and wondered about drug use.                                   unimportant. Newark Academy believes that the senior           the objective of allowing seniors to “test themselves against                      herself. The leftover concert tickets and
     I called the local sheriff, explained                          project is a creative solution.”                               the world in a significant way,” as the 2005 Senior Project                        free T-shirts from the DHA van on-
     my son’s assignment and purpose and                                                                                           pamphlet states, through the process of generating and                             location give-aways weren’t bad either.
     then said, ‘I trust my son’s maturity                          The document acknowledges the uniqueness of the spring
                                                                                                                                   executing their project.                                                           This experience created networking
     and ability to take care of himself, but                       senior’s mentality and describes an opportunity tailored
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      opportunities, Suzanne attests, and also
     I want to know if there is danger on                           especially for this potentially fertile mindset.               The project contains some general guidelines. A student                            provided some tricks of the trade that
     The Farm.’ He said, ‘Well, Suh, I hate
                                                                                                                                   may not work for a family member. A project “must have                             she took into her job at college where
     to tell you but there is some marijuana                        So Headmaster Bradford and Assistant Headmaster Manning
                                                                                                                                   the promise of personal growth and learning,” as stated                            she worked at the campus radio station.
     in every community these days, but
                                                                    agreed to the experiment. The senior project was initially                                                                                        “At DHA I learned things like different
     the folks on The Farm are good-hearted                                                                                        again by the current pamphlet. Cleaning out an uncle’s
                                                                    voluntary; it became a graduation requirement in 1975.                                                                                            ways to talk so I wasn’t ‘umm’-ing and
     and your boy will be safe.’                                                                                                   attic (a VERY early proposal) lacks a certain educational                          ‘ah’-ing all the time,” Suzanne recalls,
                                                                    And thus a thirty-year tradition was born.
                                                a utopian commune

     Andy found both communal societies                                                                                            component. Students must have adult supervision in some                            after putting her toddler down for a nap.
     to be fascinating in their organiza-                                                                                          form when devising an outdoor experience. Inexperienced                            “I was able to go on-air immediately in
     tion, leadership and policies, but he                                                                                                                                                                            college.” Also during college Suzanne
                                                                                                                                   students who, camping by themselves, getting caught in
     discovered that communal living was
     not for him.”
                                                                    Into Practice                                                  rain, contracting dysentery and returning two days later,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      worked as a summer intern at Mercury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Records in the publicity department.
                                                                    The senior project survives into the 21st century and,         certainly learned something but didn’t follow through with                         After graduation and before motherhood,
                                                                                                                                   their plan. Today students can travel with an organization,                        Suzanne earned a living booking con-
                                                                    thankfully, remains true to its roots both in philosophy and                                                                                      certs for the Agency of Performing Arts,
                                                                    structure despite our more conservative times. Certainly       like Outward Bound or the National Outdoor Leadership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      now called Creative Artists Agency, the
                                                                    the parameters of what is permissible have evolved a bit.      School. Mr. Parlin laments these restrictions on outdoor                           second largest booking company in the
                                                                    Students are no longer allowed to hitchhike to Nova Scotia.    experiences, as he fondly remembers students in the ’70s                           nation. For Suzanne, the senior project
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      provided the unexpected bridge between

                                   ’79                              The project’s objectives, however, remain the same: the        independently biking or canoeing along the eastern
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      an adolescent obsession with heavy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      metal music and the career in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      entertainment industry.
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                                                                                                                                                 (name) ’05

                                                                                                                                                   “The senior project experience was an extraordinary look into non-academic life.
                                                                                                                                                   The skills I learned are wonderful tools that I will have forever and the taste of
                                                                                                                                                   adult life helps me better plan out my future. I thank those at Newark Academy
                                                                                                                                                  for entrusting the seniors with such freedoms to pursue our interests in such an
                                                                                                                                                 adult manner. This was a unique ending to a beautiful four years of academics.”
     Stephanie Reigngold ’04
     Senior Project: Making Glass
     Beads for Jewelry
     “I racked my brain for weeks trying to
     figure out something to explore for                                   seaboard. Over thirty years, the school has learned,            Dennis Vasquez ’92, Newark Academy’s college counselor,
20   my senior project. I wanted to do some-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      21
                                                                           however, that having a mentor or sponsor gives students         expresses remorse about his own lack of creativity
     thing new that I probably would never
     have the opportunity to try at any other                              a much greater chance for a rewarding project. The              when approaching the senior project requirement in

     point in my life. I came across glass-                                2005 pamphlet states in bold and italics that “The most         1992. He worked at his uncle’s dental clinic in Los Angeles,
     blowing, which at first sounded exciting,                             important guideline is that the project involve learning        helping him perform cleanings and exams and such.
     but later learned I would not really have
                                                                           from a mentor/sponsor who is experienced in the student’s       Dennis writes,
     a hands-on experience. I then found
     Lisa Joy Sachs’ website; she is a jeweler                             area of interest.”                                                 “In my days, it seemed as if students took the value

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      social welfare
     in Jersey City who makes her own lamp-                                                                                                   of senior projects for granted – it was just another
     worked glass beads. After I set up an                                 Today, projects need to be approved by the upper school                                                                                                     Dave Hosseini ’74
                                                                                                                                              hurdle and space-filler before graduation. Now, I am                                     Senior Project: Exploring a
     interview, I realized that this was a                                 administrative staff. “The project should be a new experi-
     perfect senior project because I would                                                                                                   pretty envious of the creative ideas many seniors                                        Variety of Social Welfare Sites
                                                                           ence or an extension of a student’s experience, not a
     be making glass beads and even be able                                                                                                   come up with to make senior projects actually fun
                                                                           repetition… A project acceptable for one student, or one                                                                                                    “My senior project could not have been
     to keep some of them for myself.                                                                                                         and productive.”
                                                                           approved in a prior year, may be the right project for                                                                                                      more prescient in terms of how my later
     I learned how to heat up the glass,                                                                                                                                                                                               life would unfold, and also seemed to
                                                                           another student.” These guidelines strive to push students      Sometimes the disappointments are instructional; some-
     make beads, prevent cracks, and string                                                                                                                                                                                            be a perfect bookend to a time in my
     together necklaces, bracelets, and                                    to experiment with new experiences and to take risks in         times they are just disappointments. The senior project                                     life that was not always happy.
     earrings. After taking two classes and                                unfamiliar environments.                                        is not a life-changing event for everyone.                                                  Because of the generosity shown to me
     working endless hours in the studio,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       by Newark Academy faculty members
     Lisa Joy approved of most of the beads
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and especially by a few select non-prof-
     I would make. This meant that my beads
     were used in her jewelry and being sold                               The Disappointments                                             The Surprises                                                                               it agencies during the personally trying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       times of my adolescence, I thought
     in necklaces and bracelets at art shows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       that perhaps I would like to enter the
                                                 glass beads for jewelry

     up and down the East Coast. This was                                  Of course with risk comes the potential for disaster.           Some surprises look like disappointments. Pegeen Galvin,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       service professions. With the help of
     a wonderful and rewarding experience.                                 More often than disaster, though, a project just doesn’t        who currently monitors the senior projects, remembers                                       many people, I devised a schedule [for
     I not only learned how to make glass                                  deliver on its promises. Perhaps a sponsor doesn’t follow
     beads but gained insight into the art
                                                                                                                                           a student who wanted to be an architect. He developed                                       my senior project] which brought me

     world and the business world. In addi-
                                                                           through. Perhaps a student is used only to complete             a project in which he worked in a firm that constructs                                      to such places as a drug rehab program,
                                                                           boring office filing or other mindless tasks. Faculty member                                                                                                a school for the deaf, a center for
     tion, I am now a glass bead maker and                                                                                                 architectural models. The student soon discovered that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       delinquents, and a Bowery mission. All
     hope to apprentice again next year at                                 Cathy Pursell warns seniors, “Only students who have well       his hands were simply too big to be able to work with                                       this was capped by a stay at a spiritual
     college for a different jeweler.”                                     thought-out projects and who have planned well in advance       such small objects.                                                                         commune in Canada.
                                                                           get a lot out of their projects. Also the sponsor or group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The impressions stuck; I have spent the
                                                                           the student is working with needs to fully understand the       There is one common type of surprise generated by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       last two and a half decades working in
                                                                           principles and philosophy behind the senior project.”           senior project: “You start with one thing,” says Joe Borlo,                                 social services, including a 10-year
                                                                           Students learn that they cannot always control whether          “and you come back with another!” Joe remembers a                                           stint as executive director of a mental

                                  ’04                                      a circumstance is fulfilling or not. Many learn hard lessons
                                                                           about the adult world.
                                                                                                                                           student who went to live in and study a Zen Buddhist
                                                                                                                                           monastery in New York State. Unbeknownst to the young
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       health agency. Currently, I am public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       policy advocate for an association of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       mental health non-profit agencies. I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       remain eternally grateful to Newark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Academy on many different levels.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SENIOR PROJECTS

     Lindsy Rollenhagen Zook ’93
     Senior Project: Living with a
                                                                                                                                                                                   ’98               Justin Michael Petite ’98
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Senior Project: Intern for NJ Jackals Baseball Team
     Mennonite Family in
     Pennsylvania                                                                                                                                                                       When Justin submitted his application for an internship position for the NJ Jackals baseball
                                                                                                                                                                                        team, the stadium wasn’t even built yet. “I loved baseball,” says Justin, “and becoming a sports
     “For me, the senior project proved to                                                                                                                                              manager was a major aspiration at the time.” Justin’s timing for getting his foot into the door
     be far more than just an NA tradition.                                                                                                                                             of the world of baseball management could not have been better. Since the stadium was under
     It ended up being a life-changing expe-                                                                                                                                            construction, Justin filled in wherever there was a need: for a receptionist, a development
     rience and one I will always treasure.                                                                                                                                             person, a salesman. He put in office time answering phones, making cold calls to potential
                                                                       man, the monastery ran a chocolate factory, and while he                                                         sponsors, and selling tickets.
22   Twelve years ago I lived with an Amish-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  23

                                                                                                                                                  the new jersey jackals
                                                                       entered expecting to learn about the somber practices
     Mennonite family, the Nissleys, in                                                                                                                                    Eventually, though, the assistant manager, Hank Manning, needed a clubhouse manager. So Justin took on
     Paradise, Pennsylvania to learn about                             of Buddhist monks, he, instead, became skilled in the art                                           responsibility for overall baseball operations, which consisted of, as he explained, “a lotta laundry, bringing
     their community and way of life. I                                of chocolate-making!                                                                                equipment on and off the field, shining shoes, making sure uniforms were in good order, and ensuring a
     learned far more than I ever anticipated                                                                                                                              steady flow of food to hungry ball players.” The reward came in his close interaction with all of the players,
     I would, and before long I realized that                          Finally, we teachers are surprised. That is, of course,                                             with the excitement of hanging out in the dug out day in and day out.
     my senior project would fulfill more                              why we teach. Joe remembers how the project approval
     than a graduation requirement.                                                                                                                                        The unexpected opportunity demanded far more hours than the project required. Justin chose to quit the
                                                                       committee wanted to reject a project proposed by a                                                  Newark Academy baseball team and work for the Jackals beyond the requirements of the senior project. He
     After graduating from NA, I returned to                           student who planned to work in the fashion industry.                                                was given a paid job through the summer and for the following summer as well. During college he landed
     Paradise to live with the Nissleys for the                                                                                                                            a paid internship working for the Baltimore Orioles, helping with the public relations end of the baseball
                                                                        The committee thought the subject matter was “too
     summer before heading to Virginia to                                                                                                                                  machine. And today, though Justin primarily earns a living working as in a different field, he carves out time
     attend Sweet Briar College. I knew that                           superficial.” The project was approved nonetheless and
                                                                                                                                                                           to work for the Orioles, operating the scoreboard during home games. As a current member of the production
     one day, if possible, I wanted to return                          the student had a superior experience learning the ins                                              crew, Justin makes use of the technical skills he learned in college as a computer science major. He enjoys
     and live in Lancaster County. After four                           and outs of the fashion industry.                                                                  seeing the game from so many vantage points. Justin’s not hanging out with the players in the dug-out these
     years at Sweet Briar, one year in Boston,                                                                                                                             days, and the excitement of his role is a little less immediate and a little more abstract. “But the scoreboard
     and six years in Vermont, my prayers                              The range of surprises the project precipitates can hardly                                          drives the stats of the game,” Justin explains, “and accurate stats are a crucial part of the game.”
     were answered and a dream was fulfilled.
                                                                       be enumerated here. Feel free to write and tell us what
     On June 21, 2004, I returned to Paradise
     to live. My neighbors are the Nissleys.                           surprises your senior project has brought you. Sitting in
                                                                       on advisor groups in the last weeks of school and listening
     On July 30, 2005 I married Jimmy Zook,                                                                                             “The senior project allows students to ‘try on a career’ when the stakes aren’t high,”
                                                                       to seniors tell about hours of monotonous painting at
     a man to whom I was introduced by a                                                                                                         says Dean of Students Pegeen Galvin. “There is a freedom in the senior project:
     Nissley daughter. On the bottom of our                            Habitat for Humanity or showing a close-up, graphic video
                                                                                                                                             it doesn’t go on your transcript and it doesn’t have to appear on a resume.”
     wedding invitation appeared the verse:                            of a cat being neutered is very inspirational indeed. In fact,
     ‘The Lord hath done great things for                              several summers ago, I searched out a midnight bakery
     us; whereof we are glad’ (Psalms 126:3).
                                                  a mennonite family

                                                                       apprenticeship in artisan bread-making so I could taste a
     Having had the opportunity and privi-
     lege to attend Newark Academy and                                 little bit of the excitement of stepping out of my routine                                                                                          a train ride
     benefit from one of its traditions is most
     certainly one of those ‘great things.’ My
     senior project remains one of my fondest
     memories and experiences.”
                                                                       and my comfortable places to take a risk and discover
                                                                       something unexpected. I love the taste of a well-shaped
                                                                       baguette at four in the morning.
                                                                                                                                        Art Wynne ’79
                                                                                                                                        Senior Project: Cross Country Train Travel
                                                                                                                                        “Given the parameter: Your senior project must involve something you cannot do
                                                                       Let us not lose the meaning of the lessons the senior            in a classroom, five of us (Steve Zargham, Matt Rankin, Jerry Guss, John Rees and I)
                                                                                                                                        left Newark Penn Station to ‘see the USA the Amtrak way.’ We took a three-week train
                                                                       project brings us. As we shape our adult lives around
                                                                                                                                        trip around the country spending time in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, New Orleans,
                                                                       responsibilities and the familiar, let us step outside those     Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Chicago--not to mention a lot of time on the

                                                                       routines and those tired places, take a risk, and see            train! We even had an unscheduled 16-hour stop in Sanderson, Texas, just north of
                                                                       what surprises we find. NA                                       the Mexican border, on our New Orleans to Los Angeles leg as a train derailment
                                                                                                                                        ahead of us had closed the track. This gave us a chance to practice some foreign rela-
                                                                                                                                        tions with a group traveling on the train from Switzerland, as well as brush up on the
                                                                                                                                        Spanish lessons we had with Mr. Abney while watching a New York Yankees game
                                                                                                                                        broadcast from Mexico in Spanish. All in all, we had a great time!”
               2005 Cooking Class
         Emeril’s Got Nothing on Them!
                                                                                          by Debra Marr

                                                              For Jackie Dorsky, Pallavi
                                                              Doddakashi, Amy Sherman and Dani
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                                                              Blake, the quest to find the “right” senior
                                                              project evolved in a most unexpected
                                                              way. At an NA bake sale fundraiser in
                                                              support of Ms. Luxemburg’s advanced
                                                              dance class, the girls purchased some
                chocolate raspberry brownies that were fantastic. The rich, mouthwatering mounds
                of chocolate, teeming with the luscious, savory berries were prepared by pastry
                chef Dolly Rosen, mother of ninth grade student, Charlotte. The senior girls,
                convinced that they would love to learn how to cook like that, asked Dolly to
                sponsor their senior project.

                Now for some, the thought of baking brownies and scones might seem
                frivolous. Not so, with Dolly Rosen in charge. A graduate of the French Culinary
                Institute in New York, Dolly enthusiastically planned a serious curriculum for her
                “students” that not only included preparing sumptuous feasts (omelettes, spiced
                waffles, cakes, gelato, popovers and cheesecake) but also included taking a number
                of field trips (even to see a movie) to expand and enhance the overall experience.

                “We visited Raymond’s Restaurant in Montclair, said Jackie, “And when we
                took a tour of the kitchen, I was shocked to see how small a space the chefs had
                to work in.” Dolly’s kitchen, on the other hand, is of mammoth proportions for a
                residential one, but with all the charm of a French bistro. Two large bookcases
                overflowed with every type of cookbook imaginable, confirming that an avid cook
                lived there. Clearly, Dolly’s home was the perfect venue for the four girls to learn
                the art of cooking and Dolly was the quintessential teacher.

                Reflecting on her senior project, Pallavi said, “The experience was unbelievable!
                From trips to the city to visit a cooking school, the chocolate factory and a cake store,
                to the imaginative tea parties and pizza days – I would not have traded projects with
                anyone.” Jackie, Amy and Dani agreed that their last experience at NA together was
                not only a unique learning adventure but a chance to solidify their friendship before
                heading off to different colleges in the fall. NA

                                                                                                  Biking Through The Netherlands                             The British Route by Train
                                                                                                  Our itinerary began at Newark Airport three hours          We were more stationary in England, and if we traveled,
                                                                                                  before flight time. We arrived early, not for security     it wasn’t by bike. We were losing our fascination with
                                                                                                  reasons, but rather to allow ourselves enough time to      biking. Despite all of the “training” that we had done
                                                                                                  pack our bikes in the large cardboard boxes provided       prior to our trip, we were tired from the last two weeks
                                                                                                  by the airline. In general terms, our trip would take      of pedaling our 60-pound plus bicycles all over the
                                   In 1974, the senior project at Newark Academy shared
                                                                                                  us to the Netherlands for two weeks and to the             Netherlands. We even talked about “accidentally” losing
                                   the same objective that it does today. It had to be a          southern part of England for a third. We would fly         them in one of Holland’s many inland canals; a freaky
                                                                                                  into Amsterdam and home from London.                       cycling mishap where both bikes would be lost forever
                                   learning experience in something that you had not done
                                                                                                                                                             in a watery crash, while both riders escaped dry and
                                                                                                  For the entire period, we stayed in youth hostels, where
                                   before. The variety of project ideas for our class ranged                                                                 unharmed! We didn’t think anyone would believe us,
                                                                                                  guests were expected to help with basic chores like
                                                                                                                                                             but the fictional exercise kept our minds off our growing
                                   from the practical to the extraordinary. One student elected   cleaning bathrooms, sweeping floors, preparing meals
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                                                                                                  and cleaning up. We packed light enough to carry all
                                   to take a course in typing, many others worked in family
                                                                                                  of our belongings in two panniers and one handlebar        When we found ourselves in the mood to travel again
                                   businesses and several more, the adventurous types,            bag. Breakfast and dinner were served at the hostels       (by some means other than bicycling), we took the train
                                                                                                  and we bought lunch each day so that we did not            from London down to Canterbury, spent the afternoon
                                   mapped out challenging hikes and camping trips. Jeff           need to carry any food as we traveled.                     visiting all the obvious attractions and caught the last
                                   Pollack and I agreed to do a project together but the idea                                                                train back to London at the end of the day. Back in
                                                                                                  We mapped out a large clockwise circle through the
                                                                                                                                                             London we started making preparations for the trip
                                   was not entirely our own. In fact, we would become the         Netherlands. Beginning in Amsterdam we headed west
                                                                                                                                                             home. We debated again about leaving our bikes behind
                                                                                                  to the coast where the countryside rests dangerously
                                   unskilled labor in a brilliantly crafted plan conceived by                                                                and even though I had just purchased mine from Mr.
                                                                                                  low against the North Sea. From there we traveled
                                                                                                                                                             Parlin, I was especially tempted, thinking I would be
                                   one of Newark Academy’s most well-traveled, worldly            north, up the coastline and then inland to Den Oever.
                                                                                                                                                             completely content if I never rode it again. Thankfully,
                                                                                                  There we cycled northeast across one of the world’s
                                   and gifted thinkers, Blackie Parlin. Our senior project                                                                   better judgment prevailed and we brought them home.
                                                                                                  longest dikes, the Afsluitdijk. Over 20 miles long, it

                                                                                                                                                             The trip was over, it was a fantastic experience but we
                                   would be a bike trip. But Mr. Parlin’s idea was not            separates the North Sea from the IJsselmeer. Continuing
                                                                                                                                                             were tired – tired of biking, tired of living out of pannier
                                                                                                  with our circle, we traveled south into the rolling pine
                                   without a motive!                                                                                                         bags, tired of eating youth hostel food and quite frankly
                                                                                                  forests of the Sand Plains, one of the most central
                                                                                                                                                             a little tired of each other. We had met the requirements
                                                                                                  regions in the Netherlands and one of the few that
                                                                                                                                                             of our senior project and we were ready to come home.
                                                                                                  is above sea level. We passed through delightful little

                  An Unforgettable Ride
                                                                                                  towns where residents went out of their way to make
                                                                                                  us feel welcome. I recall one man who approached us        Mr. Parlin’s Bike Lives On
                                                                                                  while we were looking at a map on the side of the
                                                                                                  road and offered some freshly baked chicken and            Culturally, this trip was a gem. Most unforgettable
                                   by Jon Olesky ’74                                              local directions. Both the directions and lunch were       were the Dutch and English people, the ones who gave
                                                                                                  unexpected yet greatly appreciated. He was a complete      us directions and food, who shared wonderful stories
                                                                                                  stranger and a perfect host. The towns all had             about their lives, who always spoke English because
                                   “The Sting”                                                    memorable names, some funny and some odd; Sneek,           we could not speak Dutch and who made us feel as
                                                                                                  Wolvega, Meppel, Zwolle, Epe and Arnhem. Arnhem            welcome as family.
                                   Mr. Parlin had just bought a new bike, a Schwinn
                                   Paramount, to make a transcontinental trip that                would be as far south as we would go. From there we        For nearly a year after I was home I did not ride Mr.
                                   summer. Blackie’s new bike cost what some people               turned right and headed east to the industrial city of     Parlin’s bike. We needed a little time apart. I am happy
                                   would spend on a nice used car. Of course he needed            Utrecht, continued on to The Hague and then turned         to report however, that over the past 30 years I have
                                   to sell his old bike, and that’s where I came in. His          south for a short leg down to the coastal city of Hoek     remained actively involved with cycling and I can thank
                                   bike was a three-year-old Raleigh Professional with            Van Holland. There we would get off our bikes and          Mr. Parlin for sparking that interest in the spring of
                                   Campagnola Neuvo Record components and 15,000                  board a ferry for Dover, England nearly six hours away.    1974. I still have his bike. It is a beautiful example of
                                   miles on it. I was the buyer; a kid new to biking,             From Dover, we made our way up to London where,            cycling from a generation ago; the sport and equipment
                                   who just found out that he needed a good road bike             in a completely tourist frame of mind, we stayed for       have changed a lot in 30 years. I have repainted it and
                                   for his senior project. It was the Newark Academy              several days.                                              maintain it carefully. It has been with me on dozens
                                   senior project equivalent of “The Sting.”                                                                                 of bike trips throughout New Jersey and New England.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Today the bike has
                                   Jeff and I planned a trip that would involve two bikes,                                                                                                      nearly 30,000 miles
                                   two round-trip plane tickets, two foreign countries,                                                                                                         on it and while I own
                                   two international student IDs, over a dozen youth                                                                                                            two newer bicycles, I
                                   hostels, one boat ride, one hitched ride in the back of                                                                                                      still ride Mr. Parlin’s
                                   a tractor trailer (actually the bikes were in the back…                                                                                                      occasionally. N A
                                   with the beer… we were up front), 250 miles of
S E N I O R P R O J E C T 1 9 74   cycling, 80 more in a beer-hauling 18-wheeler and,
                                   most importantly, a learning experience in something
                                   that we had not done before.
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                                                       John first took a group of students to the American South West
                                                       in 1983. “The core of the experience,” says John, “is to get away
                                                       from civilization.” Students learn about an area of their own country
                                                       not by passively observing, but by doing and experiencing. John
                                                       likes the dramatic difference of the landscape from suburban New
                                                       Jersey: “It’s so different it’s almost like another planet.”

                                                     twenty-two years and GOING STRONG!
                                                       The trip consists of a four-day river jaunt, visits to the “Crown Jewels
                                                       of the Southwest,” or Arches, Bryce, and Zion National Parks, and
                                                       finally a hike in the Grand Canyon. “The kids think it’s all about
                                                       hiking and surviving,” John muses,” but really it’s about gaining
                                                       a knowledge of the land, a knowledge of geology, a knowledge of
                                                       human history, and a familiarity with the Native American history
                                                       of this area in particular.” John says he likes to “sneak in” the
                                                       information around the fire at night when the students are all
                                                       exhausted and defenseless.
                        Almost synonymous with the     John just completed his 22nd trip and has kept a written journal of
                                                       each one. Currently, he is trying to compile a photographic record of
                 senior project is the annual          each trip, and he invites people to send in group pictures, particularly
                                                       from years ’91–’96.

                            ARIZONA TRIP               His 25th anniversary trip is coming soon. Will these trips extend
                                                       beyond the 25-year mark? Who can tell? If it’s up to him, John says,
                                                       “The kids can’t wear me out! I know how to pace myself. I might
                                                       wear them out, but they can’t wear me out!”
                        led by John Limmer.            Send in your photos and reflections about how much the Arizona
                                                       trip has meant to you; perhaps you’ll see them in a 25th anniver-
                                                       sary article in Outreach. Bring it on! NA
                                                  TSUNAMI RELIEF WORK IN SRI LANKA
                                                  Fourteen days, 26 people, 98 hours of manual labor and two houses later, my life has been changed
                                                  forever. Hours after finishing my last AP exam, I boarded a plane at JFK Airport and, two days
                                                  later, arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka. When I filled out my senior project proposal form, I said my
                          by Tracy Robinton ’05
                                                  job and goal was to build houses for tsunami victims. However, soon after arriving in Colombo and
                                                  driving for hours down the coastline, I realized that a different job needed to be done.

                                                  My mother and I joined a group of 24 other volunteers in Sri Lanka, all working with an
           rebuilding lives
                                                  international volunteer organization called Global Crossroad. The group consisted of people
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                                                  States. Our initial drive from Colombo to Galle, the city that our project would take place in, was
                                                  about five hours long. Sri Lankan roads are governed by no laws or traffic lights but instead by a
                                                  lot of beeping horns that seemed to be used for no reason at all other than to disturb
                                                  pedestrians and wake sleeping children. Shortly after my arrival in Sri Lanka, I learned that the
                                                  “chaos” on the roads is actually tame compared to the disorder wrought by the tsunami.

                                                  When the tsunami struck on the day after Christmas, the country of Sri Lanka, along with many
                                                  neighboring nations, was left paralyzed. There was no warning and the tsunami struck so quickly
                                                  and so hard that nothing could be done. City walls, shops, houses, and just about everything
                                                  else in sight was ruined. One colossal wave destroyed parts of Sri Lanka and much of South Asia,
                                                  sweeping away dreams and bringing pain and suffering to thousands of people and families.
                                                  I saw this devastation on that first drive down the country’s back. The entire coast resembled a
                                                  war zone. It was rare to see buildings or homes completely intact; the roads were lined with tents
                                                  and filled with rubble.

                                                  On the program’s first full day, the project leaders discussed their goal with us: we were to
                                                  complete a house and dedicate it. For two weeks, we were on the work site from 8:30 a.m. until
                                                  four in the afternoon. The heat was nothing like I had ever experienced; we spent the whole day

                                                                                                                                                        rebuilding lives
                                                  in 100-degree weather, with no air-conditioning, fans, or even a breeze to relieve us.

                                                  While there were very few skilled workers in the group, by the end of the trip we all had learned
                                                  the basic skills to build a house: from digging the foundation to putting on the roof. And we
                                                  didn’t work alone: the neighbors, who were victims of the tsunami and had their houses
                                                  destroyed and rebuilt by past groups, were there beside us. They provided us with energy by
                                                  baking bread and making tea; they provided extra hands and joined in on assembly lines and
                                                  with whatever else we needed. Everyday at two o’clock, we were joined by a rush of kids. They
                                                  would come in their pristine white school uniforms and start digging and sifting and pitch in to
                                                  do whatever else was needed.

                                                  Nothing prepared me for what I discovered on my trip to Sri Lanka. The images on television
                                                  and in the newspapers do not come close to showing the damage of the tsunami. While six
                                                  months have passed since the tsunami hit, a lot has been done but so much more is needed. The
                                                  sides of roads remain in shambles; rubble and tents line the streets; the refugee camps provide
                                                  little shelter as the heat has displaced people from their tents. The work was intense; no one on
                                                  the trip had ever worked that long and that hard in his or her life. I never expected to work so
                                                  hard, sweat so much, smell so bad, eat so little and yet I would do it all again.

                                                  At the end of the two weeks, we achieved our goal. On the final day, in a very emotional
                                                  ceremony, we dedicated the homes to two very grateful families. And in the end, while we gave
                                                  these families new homes, I’d also like to think that in a small way we also gave them the ability
                                                  to restart their lives. NA

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                                                                                       1   5
                                                                                               1: Richard Szuch ’80 and
                                                                                                  Andy Mulvihill ’81

                                                                                               2: Ian Josloff, Wayne Kent and
                                                                                                  Gayle Wieseneck

                                                                                               3: Ed Cohen, Stephen Cohen ‘83,
                                                                                                  Harris Cohen ’83 and Robert Mayer

                                                                                               4: Eileen Fishman, Barbara Green,
                                                                                                  Betty Newman and Sue Gurtman

      Minuteman Golf Invitational                                                      2   6   5: David Green ’83, Jed Rosenthal ’93,
                                                                                                  Reid Rosenthal ’99 and
     Wild Turkey Golf Club, Crystal Springs Resort                                                Jared Kanter

                                 MAY 24, 2005                                                  6: Gayle Wieseneck, Jane Florin
                                                                                                  Langendorf ’80 and Beth Burns

          More than 100 golfers enjoyed a sunny day on the challenging Wild
                                                                                               7: Andrew Neiman, Burton Schlecker,
          Turkey Golf Course at Crystal Springs Resort, playing to benefit                        Scott Newman ’73 and
                                                                                                  Mark Schlossman ’76
          Newark Academy. Prizes were awarded to the various foursomes
          for longest drive, lowest score, and closet to the pin among others,
                                                                                               8: Sam Goldfischer and Lynda Baccoli
          while the satisfied golfers enjoyed the cocktail reception. There
          were silent auction items including threesomes at Baltusrol,                 3   7
                                                                                               opposite page: Stephen Knee ’58,
          Hollywood, and other area courses, as well as raffle prizes including                Fred McGaughan and Peter Behrle ’69

          four iPods. Everyone enjoyed the day filled with golf, friendship, and
          fun, raising more than $50,000 and making this year’s Minuteman
          Golf Invitational our most successful golf outing to date.

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         Alumni Gatherings

     Alma Mater
     APRIL 28, 2005
                                  1   2
     1: Penney Riegelman and
        William Stroh ’48

     2: Roger Kopstein ’48 and
        Micky Gilman ’47

     3: Robert Cronheim ’46,
        Alan Moscowitz ’46 and
        Donald Holtzman ’46

     4: Augustus Baker ’32 and
        Harris Cohen ’83

     5: Pache Barcliffe ’96 and
        George Kondak ’54


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