Onward Into the Year of the Dog

Grey here this morning, but the cloudy ceiling is rising slowly and patches of blue are barely perceptible. The lake’s ice has a February dullness to it; melting underway.

I walked early to the Pinckney Boathouse ostensibly to take a few pictures of the vestiges of our Chinese New Year celebration, but I suspect I went there to think some about why I was so moved by my time at the Boathouse last night.

The night began as an idea hatched over breakfast in Beijing in November. Catherine Zhao’s mom wondered why we didn’t celebrate Chinese New Year at Brewster given its significance in Chinese culture. We decided then and there to make the event happen.

I, for my part, didn’t lift a finger for this event since November – a source of ongoing guilt. A few faculty and staff members, some wonderful parents who came FROM CHINA – Chunzhu Wang (Mike Zhang ’18), Yue Wei (Jonathan Jiang ’18), and Yingxiu Zhao and Hongxia Xin and young daughter Samanatha (Catherine Zhao ’18) – to manage details of dumplings and decorations and the like, did much work. But it was really all kids who did the work and so formidably orchestrated the evening. Pretty amazing. Photos.

I was drawn back to the Boathouse and the vestiges of decoration because the event – the rites of which are designed to carefully usher in spring and the year to come – seemed to signal yet another equally subtle and profound turning point for our community. For in the midst of the singing and dancing and explication of Chinese cultural practices, I was moved by the warmth and sharing, with kids teaching each other, parents and teachers engaged but appropriately on the margins. Deep, joyous learning was happening in real time.

Walking back from the Boathouse, I felt a bubbling of excitement over the coming of spring and all it will entail here.

Onward into the Year of the Dog.

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Student Artists Earn Awards

Seven Brewster students earned numerous awards in the recent 2018 New Hampshire Scholastic Art Awards juried competition.

The portfolios of seniors Hannah Paul (New Rochelle, New York) and Saige Buffington (Wolfeboro) both earned recognition. Paul’s received a Silver Key Award while Buffington’s received an Honorable Mention.

Junior Erika Burgess (Wolfeboro) earned a Gold Key for Farmer’s Market, a Silver Key for The Magician, and Honorable Mentions for Cathedral Ledge and Distressed Reflections. All four are photographs.

Junior Abbigale DiVirgilio (Lynn, Massachusetts) earned a Gold Key (Textured Rail) and an Honorable Mention (Slow Decay) for photographs.

Sophomore Yoyo Shang (Shanghai, China) earned a Gold Key for her charcoal drawing A Teenager.

Senior Lukas Kisunas (Vilnius, Lithuania) earned two Silver Keys for his photographs CrossFire and Moon Rock.

Senior Isabella Valinoti (Exeter, New Hampshire) earned an Honorable Mention for her photograph Floating.

Enjoy all the artwork here.

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Students Inducted into National Honor Society

Brewster Academy recently inducted 16 students into the John Brewster Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS). Photos.

The ceremony’s guest speaker was Fred Garnsey, associate director of admission. He recognized the teachers for pushing students to achieve their potential and the parents –giving a nod to those parents who could not make the long trip to campus – who light the path ahead for their students and who provide advice and sometimes subtle direction when guidance is necessary.

Then he addressed the inductees seated before an audience at the Pinckney Boathouse. “It is important that you know that in this world, where everyone gets a trophy and we seem to recognize everyone for something, that this honor you are about to receive is different. This is special recognition that is claimed only by a few. Those who have seen where they are going, have planned a path to get there, have utilized those around them who matter as partners in your journey, and have worked very hard for this honor.”

Following Garnsey’s remarks, the current officers lit four candles, each one representing one of the four pillars of the honor society: scholarship, character, service, and leadership. In turn, they explained the meaning of each pillar. The officers then announced the inductees one by one to award them their gold cords, pins, and member certificates.

Senior inductees are Zaha Al-Zaabi (Muscat, Oman), Dexter Hanson (Wolfeboro), and Michelle Su (Senzhen, China).

Junior inductees are Zachary Bennett (Alton), Katie Blackburn (Seattle), Katie Chiasson (Pelham, New York), John Campbell (Wolfeboro), Calina Rose Folkersen (East Wakefield), Anya Found (Wolfeboro), Alice Hou (Beijing), Catherine Murphy (Northborough, Mass.), Meaghan O’Hearn (Swansea, Mass.), Olivia Papp (Wolfeboro), Ella Roberge (Alton), Dui Dui Yue (Shandong, China), and Monica Zhang (Jiaxing, China).

These students join seniors President Kaya Beland (Gilford), Vice President Maura MacDonald (Beverly, Massachusetts), Secretary MacKenzie Donovan (Londonderry, New Hampshire), Treasurer Dawson Allwine (Wolfeboro), Maya Gomi (San Francisco), and Katie Slock (Alton).

Faculty council members are Bret Barnett, Matt Butcher, Laura Duffy, Jennifer Dumont, Maria Found (faculty advisor) and Rob O’Blenis.

Election to the John Brewster Chapter of the National Honor Society reflects a distinguished academic record and exceptional contributions of service and leadership. Students who meet eligibility criteria are considered for election by a faculty council in the fall of each academic year and are inducted into the NHS in the winter trimester. Only junior and seniors are eligible for consideration.

Brewster Academy is an international leader in independent secondary education and is widely recognized for its success in using advanced learning and information technologies to accelerate student growth in a vigorous college preparatory environment. Brewster provides its 360 students (Grades 9-12 and post-graduate) with a personalized curriculum based on individual mastery and best-teaching practices in a sophisticated technology-rich learning environment.

Brewster Academy is accredited as a secondary school by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc.

The Academy is located on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in the resort community of Wolfeboro, N.H. Learn more about the Brewster difference by visiting us at www.brewsteracademy.org or giving us a call at 603.569.7494.







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