Friday, December 30, 2011

Forbes Top 30 Under 30

Kevin Systrom is a Middlesex School '02 graduate who continued his love for photography and bringing people together at Standford University where he majored in Management Science and Engineering. Upon graduation, he began worked for Odeo (the predecessor to Twitter), then joined Google, and eventually broke off to create his own social media app. He co-founded Instagram in 2010, a free Iphone app, that allows its users to share and upload photos in a "beautiful way" Kevin says in his interview with Forbes. After it's launch in 2010, Instagram has been named Apple's App of the Year, is used by over 15 millions users and is currently working on expanding to the Android platform.

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Eric Trump boasts a name that needs no introduction. He is the Donald's third born and has played pivotal roles in over 70 real estate Trump projects worldwide. After graduating from The Hill School '02 he went Georgetown University where he graduated with Honors in Finance and Management with a minor in Psychology. He joined the Trump Organization in 2006 and is now the Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions. He oversaw the acquisition of Kluge Winery and Vineyard in Charlottesville, VA resulting in Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing and plays a crucial role in the Trump National Golf Club's expansion.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

There's a New Head

Over the summer, many schools have been moving in new administration, namely, their Head of School. Here is a congregated list of the seven we know of and we will be sure to post more as they come in. Congratulations to them all and we look forward to their leadership in their new roles on campus.

John Palfrey named 15th Head of School at Phillips Academy Andover - Andover, MA
John G. Palfrey Jr.,a professor of Law and the Dean of Library of Information Resources at Harvard Law School, has been named Phillips Academy's 15th Head of School and is going to succeed Barbra Landis Chase in July 2011. Palfrey holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and an A.B. from Harvard College. He is a visionary teacher with a focus in utilizing the internet and is currently serving as co-director at the Berkmen Center of Law & Society. Although he hails from Phillips Exeter Academy, he retains and upholds the core values like Non-Sibi (Not for oneself, both Andover's and Exeter's school motto). Andover trustee and search committee chair Peter L.S. Currie put it best,
Phillips Academy and John Palfrey are well-matched. An institution that hols in the highest esteem great teaching and innovation in education has found a champion of both.
For the record, Exeter has had three head of schools from Andover, while Palfrey will be Andover's second head of school from Exeter.

Zack Lehman to be The Hill's 11th Headmaster - Pottstown, PA

Zachary Gimbel Lehman will succeed Headmaster David R. Dougherty and will become The Hill's 11th headmaster, officially on July 1, 2012. Dougherty will retire after 19 years at The Hill. Lehman is currently riding out his last semester as the assistant head of school for advancement at the Gould Academy. While at Gould, he also teaches filmmaking, is the head coach for the boys' varsity lacrosse team, and is an academic adviser.

As a student, Zack graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa distinctions from Dartmouth College where he was an All-American in football, and graduated with distinction from Phillips Exeter Academy where he was also an All-American in wrestling.

Marshal F. Wallach '61, Chairmen of the Search Committee notes:
Among all the candidates considered by the Search Committee, Zach stood out as an exceptionally intelligent, energetic, and entrepreneurial leader, educator, and fundraiser who is devoted to young people.
Matthew Ruby to Lead Gould Academy - Bethel, Maine
Matthew Ruby will come to Gould Academy in July from his current position as associate head of school at Shattuck-St. Mary's where he also serves as the Director of Studies.

Stephen Brotschul will Head West Nottingham Academy - Colora, Maryland
Stephen Brotschul has been announced as the new head of school at West Nottingham Academy, founded in 1744 - making it the oldest boarding school in the US. He comes from the Kiski School where he currently serves as the Associate Head of School. Stephen has had over 15 years of experience in the boarding school sector and is a Hill School alumni '90.

Bud Patel to Lead at Canada's Brentwood College School - Mill Ball, BC, Canada
Bud Patel will succeed Andrea Pennelis as the 4th head of school at Brentwood College in British Columbia. Patel comes to Brentwood from St. George's School in Vancouver where he currently serves as deputy headmaster. Before St. Georges, he began his career in education at his alma mater at the Shawnigan Lake School '85.

Peter Becker Appointed to Head of the Gunnery School - Washington, Connecticut
Peter W. E. Becker has been selected to be the Gunnery School's 11th Head of School. Beginning his career as an investment banker, he began to teach at the Lawrenceville School eight years ago where he now serves as the Master of History and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Peter Fayroian Named Head of Northfield Mount Hermon - Gill, MA
Peter Fayroian will take office at Northfield Mount Hermon (NHM) in July 2012. He currently is the head of the Greenhills School in Ann Harbor, Michigan. He has had over 25 years of experience in the education field holding positions ranging from English professor to Dean of Students and finally head at Greenhills.

Mark Chardarck, NMH board chair, had this to say:
"For our next head, we sought a proven leader whose educational vision would resonate with the deepest meaning of NMH's heritage and mission. Peter Fayroian is that kind of leader and so much more."

Monday, December 19, 2011

Simpsons tribute

Andover and Exeter were quickly mentioned in a Simpsons episode: Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts!

See it at 2:10.

Let hilarity ensue.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Brearley School Announces New Head of School for 2012

The Brearley School is proud to announce the appointment of Jane Foley Fried as their 15th Head of School. Ms. Fried comes to Brearley from Phillips Academy Andover where she is the Dean of Admission and Assistant Head of Enrollment since 2006. She has led Andover's search geographically and fully embodies the school's motto: youth from every corner. She has played a vital role in Andover's $72 million financial aid fundraising and brings a wealth of knowledge to the upper east side school.

After graduating from Bowdoin College in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in history and philosophy she continued her studies at Tufts University where she received her master's in education. From there, she began her career in boarding schools at Suffield Academy.

An excpetional steward of and spokesperson of the Andover experience, Jane has read tens of thousands of application and has developed a "sixth sense" for finding students who have "the most to give and the most to gain" from an Andover education. Andover will miss her vision and leadership and we are deeply grateful for all she has done for the Academy.
-Barbara Landis Chase, Head of School at Andover 
The Brearley School is an illustrious all-girls school in New York City. The school educates from K-12 with approximately 50 students in each grade. Brearley is a member of the New York Interschool Association.

Congratulations to both The Brearley School and Ms. Jane Foley Fried. She will official begin her term as Head of School on July 1, 2012.

Full article

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Trey Meyer, Andover '09, Wins NCAA Division III Tennis Doubles

Being the second player ever to be two-time New England Singles champion while at Andover just wasn't enough. Richard "Trey" Meyer then went onto continue his athletic career at Williams College. This year, he teamed up with Bryan Chow and found themselves seeded first in the NCAA Division III men's doubles Championship in Mobile. After a battled first set, Trey and Bryan defeated California Lutheran's Nicholas Ballou and Ray Worley 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.

Trey and Bryan ended their season: 11-1.

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St Pauls '13 In The Record Books

Another reason to rethink your purpose on Earth. Not that you haven't accomplished anything but can you say that you were the youngest person on Earth to be a licensed Stock Broker? John Wang Clow '13 at St. Paul's School, can. He passed the Investment Banking Examination (Series 79) administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority on August 5, 2011, at the age of 17 years and 77 days.

He dethroned Jason A Earle of Princeton, NJ who earned this distinction in 1993.

Full article

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Show Me The Money

Education is a lucrative business, plain and simple. The logic goes, if I pay a premium for something, I will benefit from it more than others who do no pay. Simply put, paying the price of a college tuition just to attend high school is now a common practice. Here are the noteables from a list put together by Business Insider of the #37 most expensive prep schools:

#36 St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire
Boarding student tuition: $46,175
Enrollment: 539
Endowment: $437 million

#35 Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Conn.
Boarding student tuition: $46,420
Enrollment: 850
Endowment: $283 million

#34 Taft School, Watertown, Conn.
Boarding student tuition: $46,500
Enrollment: 580
Endowment: $203 million

#28 Loomis Chaffee, WIndsor, Conn.
Boarding student tuition: $47,100
Enrollment: 680
Endowment: $197 million

#25 Kent School, Kent, Conn.
Boarding student tuition: $47,400
Enrollment: 565
Endowment: $62 million

#22 Brooks School, North Andover, Mass,
Boarding student tuition: $47,555
Enrollment: 370
Endowment: $65.6 million

#10 The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ
Boarding student tuition: $48,800
Enrollment: 810
Endowment: $330 million

#6 Groton School, Groton, Mass.
Boarding student tuition: $49,810
Enrollment: 370
Endowment: $305 million

Note that only 4 of the 8 schools in the Eight School Association are present. Missing are: Andover, Exeter, Deerfield, Hotchkiss, Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH).

Full Article

Saturday, December 10, 2011

New Prep School to join the ranks in NYC elite prep school

With co-heads that have helped Hotchkiss and Exeter reach their potential, a new elite private school is being chartered in NYC. This new $40,000-a-year for-profit school aspires to reach far beyond its enclosing walls and even beyond it's country's borders as its CEO, Chris Whittle, plans to start identical schools in 20 other major cities. These schools will begin educating early, at the age of 3, as it shapes and molds its students to be worldly bi-lingual -even tri-lingual- superstars. The appeal for the school is that all of the schools will be on an identical curriculum and will allow families who relocate (ie for work) to have seamlessly continue their child's education.

It is a powerful and large scale operation, but as we've seen the cost of education skyrocket over the last decade, we ask if it's necessary?

The school has raised over $75 million from private equity firms and is scheduled to open its doors next Fall 2012.

Tyler Tingley, former Phillips Exeter Academy head of school.
Robert "Skip" Mattoon, former Hotchkiss and Deerfield Academy head of school.

Full article

Worcester Academy Alumni Receives Rhodes Scholarship

Regarded as the "world's most prestigious scholarship" by many publications such as the Times, Yale University Press, and The Associated Press, the Rhodes scholarship was awarded to Elizabeth Butterworth '07 of Worcester Academy. A classics major at Princeton, Butterworth will conclude her senior year and will be bound for Oxford to study Comparative and International education. Here is an excerpt from the Rhodes Scholar:

Elizabeth W. Butterworth, Auburn, is a senior at Princeton majoring in classics.  Elected early to Phi Beta Kappa, she has received high distinctions in Latin, Greek, history, archaeology, and literature.  Liz has worked at excavations in Greece and Italy.  She also founded and directed a music program for children of low-income families in Worcester.  Her career interest is in arts education.  Liz plans to do the M.Sc. in comparative and international education at Oxford.

The scholarship is given annually to individuals who display a high level of competency in their given field of study, utilizes their talents on and off the sports field, and has a high interest in the greater good of others. They are welcome to study at Oxford for 1-3 years in any post-graduate program of their choice. University and college fees are paid for by the Rhodes Trust, established in 1902.
See the full list of recipients
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Friday, December 9, 2011

Sports Report: Fall 2011

Hotchkiss Girl's Field Hockey Continues their 10th Year as Champions
After being scoreless in regular time, #1 Hotchkiss and #5 Taft were forced into over time- then another- and another- until Hotchkiss scored and ended the 3rd OT for semifinal play. The finals were textbook, #1 seed Hotchkiss against #2 seed Greenwich Academy where the Hotchkiss girls proved their excellence in a 2-1 victory for their 10th year in a row. This is a dynasty is in the making.
Hotchkiss' season record: 14-0
Here are the results

Andover Girls' Volleyeball Successfully Defend Their Title Against Choate
Being second seed in a match up gives you a leg up on the first seed as you are not expected to win and have something to prove. The #2 Andover girls' volleyball team proved themselves worthy in an undefeated run to the finish. They defeated Exeter in the quarterfinals, then powered through St. Pauls in the semis, and finally dethroning #1 Choate as top dog - all with a 3-0 record.
Andover's season record: 14-3-0
Here are the results

Hotchkiss Boys' Soccer Shuts Out Andover for the Championship
After a heart stopping semifinal match-up between #2 Hotchkiss and #3 Taft, Hotchkiss came out on top in overtime. Next up, Hotchkiss and #4 Andover went to Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) where Hotchkiss took home the championship in a 2-0 shutout over Andover.
Hotchkiss' season record: 13-3-1 
Here are the results

Worcester Academy Girls' Soccer Defeats Loomis Chaffee
After shutting out #7 Greenwich Academy 4-0 in the quarterfinals, #2 Worcester Academy went on to beat #6 Exeter in a PK shootout. While that semifinal matchup had a PK, Andover and Loomis were in OT where Loomis proved to be the victor. In the finals, #4 Loomis and Worcester rallied goals. Loomis failed to connect and Worcester took the win, 2-1, capping off their undefeated season.
Worcester Academy's season record: 13-0-4
Here are the results

Exeter Boys' Cross Country Named Champions
Here are the results

Nobles Girls' Cross Country Persevere for the Win
Here are the results

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hotchkiss Head of School to step down in summer 2013

After 6 years at the school, Malcolm McKenzie announced that he will step down as Head of School of Hotchkiss in the summer of 2013. While at Hotchkiss, Malcolm played an integral part in exposing the school to both the immediate and also the global environment. He oversaw the greater portion of the creation of the Farm on campus and has made it a thriving success as a living classroom for students.
Malcom has made Hotchkiss a warmer and more open school, remarked Jean Rose, President of the Board.
Early next year the Board will begin there search for a new Head of School.

Full article

Friday, December 2, 2011

Choate in a Greener Way

The next generation of greener living is at Choate Rosemary Hall. Next year, Choate will open the Kohler Environmental Center, a self-sustaining dormitory that will serve to teach students to live within their means. This is only possible after a generous $20 million gift from alumni Herbert V. Kohler, CEO of Kohler Co. This 31,324-square-foot structure includes labs, a common area, greenhouses, and 14 dorm rooms enough to house 15-20 students each year. These students will be chosen from the junior class, will be divided into teams, and will compete for the coveted Most Energy Efficient team!

The challenge lies they face is to have an environmental impact of net zero - that is, they can't consume more energy than the building produces. To their disposal, they have a 325-kilowatt photovoltaic array, a roof-mounted solar water-heating system, a geothemal heat pump, a water-recycling system, and waste vegetable oil receptacle. There is talk that Choate will install stationary bikes so students themselves can get in the race and generate their own power - see the video below.

The real goal of the Kohler Center is to not only give students a real-life experience about being energy efficient, but to spread the Center's virtues to the entire campus. The Center is truly one of a kind and is something we could be seeing in the future of -energy sufficient- public buildings.

Full Article in Fast Company

St pauls '14 selected to play on US Hockey team in Austria

Ryan Bliss '14 is one of 17 American hockey players who will represent the United States Boys 16-Under Select Team at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games. The games will be held at Tyrolean Arean in Innsbruck, Austria from January 13 to 22, 2012. (Full roster)

Bliss and his teammates were selected to the U.S. Team from a group of 180 others who participated in the USA Hockey Boys' Select 15 Player Development Camp back in July, in Rochester, N.Y. These young men represent 11 states and will given a chance to represent their country overseas. The tournaments starts with a four-game round robin against Austria, Canada, Finland, and Russia. The playoff round begins on January 20th and the third-place game is schedule fro January 21st while the championship game will be held on January 22.

Good luck to Ryan and the US Team on their venture across the pond.