Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bianca D'Agostino, Loomis '07, Signs with Boston Breakers

Bianca D'Agostino, Loomis '07, returns to her home state to play for the Boston Breakers as a midfielder.

While at Loomis, she was a pivotal scorer for the team, sinking 76 goals and 44 assists in 65 games. In 2007, Bianca was named a Parade All-American, and was named a High School All-America - twice. Upon leaving Loomis, she continued her soccer career at Penn State where she started as a freshman before transferring to Wake Forest during her sophomore year. During her final 2 seasons at Wake Forest, she started every game and was also a part of the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team.

After graduating from WF in 2011, Bianca was drafted as the No. 18 overall pick to the Atlanta Beat, where she logged over 400 minutes of playing time and started 5 of the 10 games. She is currently training in Florida with the U-23 National Team, but is slated to return within the coming weeks and begin training with the Breakers.

via Loomis

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Jim Rash, Lawrenceville '90, Gets Oscar Approval

Lawrentian Jim Rash '90, has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants, an American comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways) based on a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. Including Rash's nomination, the movie received 6 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing, and Best Actor (Clooney).

The Descendants (2011), a critically-acclaimed box-office hit starring George Clooney has already won two Golden Globe Awards and looks keep its momentum going in the Oscars. While The Descendants isn't Rash's first feature film as a writer, it is the first to receive a nomination. He wrote and co-produced Adopted back in 2005 and is currently marketing a screenplay with writing partner Nat Faxon.

Rash is better known for his acting credits, including the ever popular TV series Community where he plays Dean Pelton; where he appears alongside Lawrenceville parent Chevy Chase P'02 '07. He also had a recurring role on Reno 911! in 2008 and 2009, That '70s Show between 2003 and 2006, and has also guest starred in Friends, Will & Grace, NCIS, CSI, and The Soup. 

We will be watching the Oscars on February 26 - best of luck to Jim!

via web and Time

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Broken: Yale snaps Trinity's 252-game win streak

Since 1998, Trinity men's squash team have been untouchable racking up 252 consecutive wins and have been crowned National Champions 13-times in a row - the longest win streak in intercollegiate history. On January 18, 2012, the Yale Bulldogs rallied through the Bantams on their home turf in New Haven.

Yale began the bombardment of wins early with captain Ryan Dowd (Belmont Hill '08), junior Hywel Robinson, and Neil Martin posting W's in the No. 5, No. 2, No. 6 games, respectively. The Bulldogs went into the final four matches with a 3-2 lead when things got interesting. Yale's Samuel Clayman fought hard against Matthew Mackin (Brunswick '10) but ended up at the short end of the No.8 game. Pushing the Bantams into a 4-3 lead was senior Vikram Malhotra. The last two games were the No. 7 Robert Berner (Y) vs Juan Flores (TC) and the No. 4 John Roberts (Y) vs Johan Detter (TC).

Both Trinity players surged ahead winning their respective games but the Berner and Detter responded by tying up both games to 1-1. Berner pushed ahead to a 2-1 lead and capped the final game with a dominating 11-6 over Flores. Then, with the match at 4-4, all eyes were on Roberts vs. Detter. The crowd grew anxious in the third game when Roberts took an early lead and sealed the match with a 10-4 victory - clinching the match.
5-4 Yale

Video of the winning match point
Video from ESPN

2011-2012 Yale Men's Squash Team
Name Cl. Hometown/Highschool
Robert Berner Sr. Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick
Eric Caine So. Blaine, Wash./Phillips Exeter
Kenneth Chan Jr. Singapore/Raffles Junior College
Samuel Clayman Sr. Gloucester, Mass./Groton School
Richard Dodd Jr. Benoni, South Africa/Parktown Boys' High School
Ryan Dowd (C) Sr. Boston, Mass./Belmont Hill
Sam Haig Jr. Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick Academy
Neil Martin So. Belfast, Ireland/Methodist College
John Roberts Sr. Belfast, Ireland/Methodist College
Joseph Roberts Fr. Belfast, Ireland/Methodist College
Huw Robinson Fr. Bridgend, Wales/Brynteg Comprehensive School
Hywel Robinson Jr. Bridgend, Wales/Brynteg Comprehensive School
Sam Shleifer Fr. Boston, MA/Milton Academy
Charlie Wyatt So. Seer Green, U.K./Royal Grammar

2011-2012 Trinity Men's Squash Team

Name Cl. Hometown/High School
Marcus Bullen Jr. Manchester, Mass./Belmont Hill
Greg Crane Jr. Boston, Mass./Boston Latin
Johan Detter Jr. Malmoe, Sweden/Sit Petri
Antonio Diaz Sr. Mexico City, Mexico/St. George's (R.I.)
Will Drennen Jr. Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick
Juan Flores Jr. El Salvador/American
Moustafa Hamada Fr. Old Bridge, N.J./Riada Language (Egypt)
Reinhold Hergeth Jr. Bloemfontein, South Africa/St. Andrew's
Adil Ismail Sr. Atlanta, Georgia
Jay Kramer Sr. Bryn Mawr, PA/Deerfield Academy 
John Lamont Fr. Montreal, Canada/Salisbury
Elroy Leong Fr. Selangor, Malaysia/Taft (Conn.)
Samuel Livingston So. Nahant, Mass./St. George's (R.I.)
Juan Diego Lopez Jr. Bogota, Colombia/Gymnasio de los Cerros
Alexander Lynch Fr. Greenwich, Conn./St. Andrews School
Matthew Mackin So. Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick
Vikram Malhotra Sr. Mumbai, India/H.R. College
Pranay Merchant Fy. Mumbai, India/H.R. College
John Shilling So. New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan
Stephen Smith Jr. Georgetown, Mass./Cushing Academy
George Tilghman Fr. Locust Valley, N.Y./St. Paul's (N.H.)
Miled Zarazua Ramirez Fr. Mexico City, Mexico/Mexicana Americana
Robert Zindman Fr. Belle Meade/Milton Academy (Mass.)

via Yale
via Trinity
via Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Andover '71 vs Andover '03 in Super Bowl XLVI

The Super Bowl is highly regarded as one of America's most watched games. Full of rivalry, competition, and upsets, Super Bowl XLVI, is sure not to disappoint.
This year, however, Andover is rooting for both teams. Bill Belichick and Ernie Adams, both Andover '71, look to avenge their to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII loss (2007).

That year, the Giant's drafted linebacker and long snapper Zak DeOssie, Andover '03, from North Andover. During his senior year at Andover, he was the captain of both the football and the basketball team and was selected to play in the All-New England Prep Team (football). He played college football at Brown.

The story of Ernie Adams and Bill Belichick. From ESPN:
Adams '71 has three Super Bowl rings.
Adams and Belichick met in 1970. Adams had been at Phillips Academy in Andover, an elite New England boarding school, for three years. In that time, he'd become a campus legend, famous for his quirky attire and habits. He wore high-top cleats and old-fashioned clothes, looked and talked like someone from the 1940s. His three obsessions were Latin, naval history, and strangely, football. So he consumed books, mostly obscure titles with a scholar's thirst. One he can across was called Football Scouting Methods by a Navy assistant coach named Steve Belichick. As Halberstam, a Pulitzer prize winner, details in his biography of Belichick, Education of a Coach, only about 400 people bought the book: professional scouts and 14-year-old Ernie Adams. So, imagine Adams' surprise when, as his senior year was beginning, he walked out onto the football field and encountered a young man with "Belichick" written on tape across the front of his helmet. 
Bill Belichick '71 leading the Patriots.
Bill Belichick had recently enrolled at Andover as a PG, hoping to raise his grades and test scores so he could get into a good college. A few questions confirmed Adams' suspicions. Are you from Annapolis? Are you related to Steve? Yes and yes. Belichick thought it was strange that a kid would have read his dad's book. Adam recognized something familiar in Belichick. He recognized himself. "He actually was pretty good in his judgement of people," says Hale Sturges, the professor in charge of South Adams Hall, where Adams lived. 
They've been like brothers ever since, spending hours after practice breaking down film, diagramming famous plays of Vince Lombardi, Adams' idol. They snuck into Boston College practices to "scout." Together, they played on the undefeated Andover team, the first time the tow men tasted perfection.
That year, Andover beat Exeter 34-8.

In 2011, Belichick was inducted into the Andover Athletics Hall of Fame. He joins the ranks of George H. W. Bush '42 who was the captain of the baseball and soccer teams; class president; and the 41st president of the United States. Belichick was also honored with Andover Distinguished Alumni Award in 1987, declared a day in his name in 2002, and was honored with its Distinguished Service Award in 2008.

Super Bowl XLVI airs on February 5th at 6:30pm ET.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

David Luan, Andover '09, receives a $100,000 grant for robotics

David Luan, Andover '09, was selected to be a apart of the inaugural Top 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship for his work in robotics - given by Peter Thiel, a venture capital angel. David came to the US from China when he was 6 and took his first computer science class when he was 8. By 2010 when he was selected for the Fellowship, David had already been involved with the robotics research for over five years at iRobot Corporation. He admittedly took a leave of absence from Yale University and is now pursuing his dream in robotics with the Fellowship.

David's project consists of creating a place for robots to download functions and make them capable of doing other tasks. "I want to get to a point where we have an ecosystem of robots in which each robot can have its functionality extended by new hardware," David goes on to say, "[And its functionality can be extended] by new software, like the Apple app store model in which any developer can write code for a robot to do new things...Robots will be able to do tasks they don't already know how to do."

The Thiel Foundation was founded by Peter Thiel in 2010 and grants the most affluent and leaders of technology of the younger generation. Each of 20 students receives a $100,000 grant to create and implement their innovations - the only condition is every student needs to retract 2 years to the project where they will commit their time to the project. These Fellows will live amongst one another where they will have access an unlimited supply of resources.

Peter was the co-founder of Paypal, was an early investor of Facebook, and was one of the founders of The Founders Fund - a $275M venture capital fund founded in 2005.

Here is his profile

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Nicole Brown, Loomis '00, wins Japan Essay Contest

Earlier this month, the Japan Foreign Trade Council awarded Nicole Brown, Loomic Chaffee '00, with the Grand Prize in its international essay contest with the topic: Vision for a New Japan after 3.11. There were more than 150 entrants from 43 countries. The council flew Nicole to Tokyo to receive her prize, which included a cash award of 1 million yen ($13,000).

Nicole's essay, titled Japan v 3.11 - Reclaiming the Date, envisions a new "version" of Japan with new innovations and discoveries after the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown of March 2011. The title of her essay is derived from computer programs that are iterations of their predecessors with improved features. Her version of Japan is "a better and stronger society...where the philosophy, vision, values and innovative capacity of the nation are restructred, while retaining the features that make Japan the great nation it already is," according to the essay summary. Her conclusion is full of optimism and uses the Jamaican saying likkle but tallawah meaning "small but strong" as a final reminder that Japan will rise once more.

The trade council has sponsored the essay contest every year since 2005. Judges for the 2011 competition were Iwo Nakatani, director of research at Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Company and chairman of Fushiki-an; Yoko Wake, professor of business and commerce at Keio University; and Kazuo Mori, senior staff writer at Nikkei Inc.

Nicole, a Jamaican citizen, lives and works in Trinidad and Tobago. Upon graduating from Loomis, she attended Trinity College and received her bachelor's in international affairs in 2004.

Full Essay
Essay Summary

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Strobe Talbott, Hotchkiss '64, to Chair Foreign Affairs Policy Board

Stroke Talbott, Hotchkiss '64, has been named Chairman of the State Department's newly formed Foreign Affairs Policy Board. This will be a permanent panel modeled after the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and will advise Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on pressing issues facing the department. The board consists of 25 members each whom will serve a two-year term.

He previously served as Ambassador-at-Large (Soviet Union) and then as Deputy Secretary of State - a total of 8 years under the Clinton administration. He described his appointment as "an opportunity to serve in the State Department once again and work for someone I greatly admire and whom I have known since my wife [the late Brooke Shearer] and I met Hillary in 1971 when she and Bill Clinton were at Yale Law School together." Talbott's relationship with President Clinton reaches back further; the two men were roommates at Oxford as Rhodes Scholars in 1968.

Stroke Talbott currently serves as the President of Brooking Institution, one of America's oldest think tanks located in Washington, DC. Its mission statement reads, "provide innovative and practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system." Talbott is also the author of numerous books including, most recently, Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming, with William Antholis.

via web

Friday, January 13, 2012

Will Rhoads, Northwood '14, to compete in 2012 Youth Olympics

Fifty-seven athletes - from 22 states - were named to compete in the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games. They will head to Innsbruck, Austria to represent the United States for the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Will Rhoads, a junior at Northwood '14 in Lake Placid, NY, will be competing in Ski Jumping.

The Youth Olympics Games bring together 14-19 year old athletes from around the world. The first Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore Summer 2010. In total, more than 1050 athletes from over 60 countries will compete in Innsbruck. They will compete in 15 sporting disciplines including: Alpine Skiing, Curling, Bobsled, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Luge, Snowboarding, Speedskating and many more.

The first day of competition is today, January 13th.
Good luck to Will and Team USA.

Follow the Winter Youth Olympics! January 13th-22nd

via web

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Joon Kwun, Exeter '85, Appointed President and CEO of Mirae Asset

Emerging markets leader Mirae Asset Global Investments (USA) LLC (“Mirae Asset”) announced today that Joon Kwun has been appointed President and CEO. Mr. Kwun will be responsible for developing and directing the firm’s strategic initiatives and operations in the U.S. The appointment comes as Mirae Asset further expands its capability for delivering emerging market-focused investment strategies to institutional and retail investors in the U.S. Mr. Kwun assumes the positions previously held by Jay (Hun Jun) Jang, who will assume another senior leadership position within the company.
Mr. Kwun will also oversee the continued expansion of intermediary distribution resources supporting the Mirae Asset Discovery Funds. This suite of funds – the first registered products offered by the firm to U.S. investors – launched last September with a lineup that consists of six emerging market equity strategies. The funds have amassed more than $80 million in assets within twelve months of their debut and Mirae Asset now counts among its distribution partners a growing roster of major retail and institutional platforms, including Pershing, UBS, and Commonwealth, among others.
via web

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Katrina Coogan, Exeter '11, key to Georgetown's X-C NCAA title

Katrina Coogan, Exeter '11, played a key role in Georgetown's NCAA Cross Country title. Last month at the NCAA Division 1 women's cross country championship in Indiana, Coogan, still a freshmen continued a proud tradition started years ago in Bucks County.

Georgetown University's Katrina Coogan, daughter of 1992 Barcelona Olympic 10,000-meter runner Gwyn Coogan (Exeter '83) found herself in position to change history in the closing stages of the 6,000-meter title race at Indiana State University. The Hoyas (Georgetown) had never won a cross country title, and after a couple of major injures during the season (including All-American Maddie Chambers) during the season, appeared to be long shots against heavy hitters like two-time defending champion Villanova and western powerhouse University of Washington.

Katrina Coogn (fourth from left)
As expected, halfway through the race Georgetown was 22 places behind Villanova and 19 behind Washington. 
Then the tide began to turn and it looked like the championship might be decided by the final-scoring, fifth place runners, as it often is. 
Coogan, running cross country for the first time this Fall (she played soccer at her alma mater, Phillips Exeter Academy, NH), summoned one last rush over the final few hundred meters, oblivious to the the fact how crucial her finishing place would be.
But moments later, when it was learned Coogan had defeated both the Washington and Villanova fifth-place runners by double-digit points and secured the crown, the Georgetown women shrieked and jumped up and down with delight.
via web

Monday, January 9, 2012

2011 NEPSAC Annual Award winners: Brad Smith and Tom Blackburn

The Martin William Souders Memorial Award
Established in 1967 in memory of Martin William Souders, Director of Physical Education at Milton Academy, 1919-1929, and at Phillips Exeter Academy, 1930-1962, and the first President of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC).

To be awarded annually to the graduate of a New England Independent School who made a distinguished record in sports and who has since made a distinguished record in life through his/her ideals, leadership and accomplishments.

Thomas E. Blackburn graduated Deerfield Academy class of '52 but has spent much of his career at Worchester Academy in Worchester, MA. Tom was tenured as the Athletic Director from 1973-1999 during which he was also Head Varsity Basketball Coach. During his coaching, his team had an impressive 395-142 record and won 7 NEPSAC championships.

Distinguished Service Award
To be awarded annually to the individual who has contributed significantly to New England Independent School Athletics and Physical Education through enthusiasm, dedication, leadership, and vision.

Bradley Smith is the former Athletics Director of Bridgton Academy in Bridgton, ME. During his time at Bridgton, he served as the President of the District 4 Athletic Directors Association and was a key member of the NEPSAC Executive board; serving for numerous years as NEPSAC tresurer and NEPSAC President from 2004-2006.

via NEPSAC article

The Winter Classic: Lawrenceville vs. The Hill

Long time rivals Lawrenceville and The Hill School went head-to-head at Citzens Bank Park in Philadelphia only a few days after the ESPN Winter Classic game (Rangers vs Flyers). The two teams skated to a dramatic 2-2 finish of regulation time with Big Red, Lawrenceville, leading the entire way. Big
Red led the game until the Rams pulled their goalie and scored twice in the final minute (56", 2.8").

"It was just contract stuff," Bilodeau, the Lawrenceville head coach said. "We had the ice contracted for two hours."

There was, however, a shootout where Big Red saw success again and buried 4 shots, while the Rams only scored once. Despite the shootout, the game will go down as a tie.

Here is an image capturing Lawrenceville tying up the score with just 2.8 seconds to go:

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Rebecca Faulkenberry, Choate '03, leads Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark

The expense Broadway musical that seemed cursed and injury prone during its previews is now turning into a massive moneymaking hit. After the story line and music were heavily reworked, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark has quickly become a record-breaking Broadway hit. The cast also underwent a face-lift and Rebecca Faulkenberry, Choate '03, was brought in to play Mary Jane - the female lead of the play. During the last week of 2011 it set a new record as the highest grossing musical in a single-week, raking in more than $2.9 million, placing it ahead of Wicked and The Lion King. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happiness From Every Corner

Scott Crabtree, Andover '84, shares his insight that happiness is not only contagious but also productive. He uses Andover's two Latin mottos, Non Sibi (Not for oneself) and Finish Origine Pendet (The end depends on the beginning), as an example of how these can help startups and other companies to create a positive work environment. Sidenote: These are also the mottoes of Exeter.
Various studies have shown that happiness increases productivity. A 2009 study by A.J. Oswald, E. Proto, and D. Sgori for example found a 12% boost in productivity due to increased happiness. Those who work not for oneself in your office will be significantly more productive than those who are more self-focused.
So go on and be happy.

For more on happiness and startup culture.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Caroline Barlerin, Hotchkiss '91, named one of Silicion Valley's Top 40 under 40

Caroline Barlerin, Hotchkiss '91, was recently named as one of Silicon Valley's Top 40 Under 40. She is the director of global community involvement at Hewlett-Packard Co.'s office of Global Social Innovation in Palo Alto. She is in charge of the company's 300,000+ employees and retirees effort in nonprofit work on a global basis. This past year, she initiated a global program that pairs HP's employees with underprivileged children to teach them professional and technological skills. Outside of work, she has been on the board of Taproot Foundation for over 10 years, a nonprofit pro bono (Latin: for public good) organization whose mission is to strengthen other nonprofits by engaging business professionals.
Caroline was a Sloan Fellow at Stanford Business School and received her bachelor's degree in sociology at Vassar College.

King Abdullah II of Jordan, Deerfield '80

Meet King Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein of Jordan, a Deerfield graduate '80. He ascended to the throne in 1999 upon the death of his father and has made unparalleled strides to helping his fellow Jordanians. He aims to make Jordan an equal opportunity country through the means of educations. In 2010, he was named as the 4th most influential Muslim in the world - this is his website.

Here, he reflects on his time at Deerfield Academy:

HRM King Abdullah II of Jordan, on Deerfield Academy from Deerfield Academy on Vimeo.

I imagine many graduates, myself included, feel the same way about their prep school experience.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Mark Efinger to Head Charlemont

The Academy at Charlemont concluded 2011 in high hopes as it completed its search for Head of School. Mark E. Efinger, a Phillips Academy graduate '74 turned faculty member, will take the reigns as the 4th Head of School at Charlemont in July 2012. He is the first Head to be brought in externally.

Mark brings demonstrated fundraising, management, and marketing experience. He is creative, an engaging storyteller, and a strategic thinker – all of which will be critical to the Academy’s continued success.  He has already undertaken a constructive and intelligent review of our programs and resources and has offered new ideas that are sensitive to the school’s history, culture, and location.             
-David Epstein '87, Chair, Academy Trustees

Since 1993, Mark has been a faculty member at Andover and has served as chairmen of the theatre and dance department, program manager for acting and dancing, and is the assistant wrestling coach. Prior to working at Andover, Mark worked in the private sector. He received his BA in Theatre from Middlebury College and his MFA in Theatre (Directing) from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

The Academy at Charlemont is a private day-school for grades 7-PG. The school prides itself on community-oriented learning and a classical academic course load - it currently enrolls 110 students. The Academy was founded in 1981 and is located in Western Massachusetts.

Press Release by Charlemont