January 2013

Winter Ski Trip

Ben Crain ’16

The Winter Sports Club Embark on the First Trip of the Season

While many of the larger schools take previously organized ski clubs for granted, our school never successfully formed one. Many THS students go skiing and snowboarding with their families, but spending the day on the slopes with your friends is an entirely different experience. When skiing with your friends, you learn another side of them independent from the classroom or hanging out and playing Xbox. Where else can you challenge yourself alongside your friends in a terrain park and end the day with
an aerial, landing onto a “Take Flight” airbag?
Saturday, January 19th, Sam Barrett(’16), club president, Ben Crain(’16), Matt Katz(’16) Chris Miller(’16,) Phillip Miller, Jacob Pedano(16’), and Ben Spiro(16’) took a day trip up to the Camelback in the Pocono Mountains. The chaperones, Dr. Barrett, Mr. Miller and Mr. Pedano, deserve a lot of credit for driving us back and forth in one day. Exhausted, the parents even returned everyone’s rentals at the end of the day. Yet, all said
they would do it again. Although we anticipated heavy crowds for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we never waited longer than ten minutes in any of the 14 lift lines. We skied in great conditions. The wind blew hard at our arrival, but the sun shone and the groomed slopes held for most of the day. Most importantly the trip was fun. Click on Jacob Pedano’s video to catch a glimpse of our day.
We invite any beginner, intermediate, or advanced skiers or snowboarders to show up at a ski club meeting and help plan a future trip. Next year we hope for a few overnights!

Sandy Hook Memorial Art Project

Paritosh Raval ’16

When I picked up an old copy of Time magazine and began to flip through the pages, I found the profile of a Chinese artist named Ai Weiwei. After reading the article, I was interested by the man, who was both an artist and also a political activist. His unique way of blending activism and art led me to select him as my semester project artist. Reading further, I was fascinated by his body of work, brilliant symbolism, and above all, his unfailing audacity. Despite the heavy restrictions on art and expression lobbied by communist regime of China, his voice could not be suppressed. While all of his work was significant and powerful, one piece in particular stood out to me. “Snake Ceiling”, in the Hirschhorn Museum, is a huge snake constructed of backpacks similar to those Weiwei found at the scene of an earthquake in Sichuan China; these backpacks had been left behind by children who had died when schools had collapsed during the earthquake. The schools had been structurally weak because bribed building officials had allowed them to open despite the cheap materials used during construction. Weiwei’s tribute to the children who died as a result of the evil in human nature really struck a chord in me. As I thought about the impact of the piece, and its significant meaning, I began to think about Sandy Hook. I thought about the symbolism in Weiwei’s work and decided to construct crayons which would represent each victim of this horrific, mindless violence.

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Arab Spring

Jody Gregory ’12

In the spring of 2012, as students began choosing their classes and schedules for the 2012-2013 academic year, a group of students devised a new course to take during the first semester. Like many past seniors, Andrew Minkovitz, Shoumick Hasan, Evan Frazier, Eugene Greggo, and Will Mette were interested in creating an independent study in History under the watchful eye of Dr. Wasson. Typically, an independent study consists of meetings with the faculty sponsor and individual reading and research time, culminating in an extensive research paper at the end of the semester. However, the magnitude of interest in independent studies this year led the students to devise a new type of independent study, with an element of group discussion that is key to the Tower Hill learning environment. After conferring with Dr. Wasson, the group selected a current events movement to focus on through out the fall: the Arab Spring.

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MLK Day of Service

<h5> Jody Gregory ’12 </h5>

On January 21st, 2013, the Tower Hill Community Service club will host the annual Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service event. From 9 AM to 12 PM, students from all divisions, parents, and faculty will join together to offer support and supplies to various organizations.

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College Essay

Brett Hinckley ’12

December 26th 2004 is a date that I will never forget: nearly 300,000 people deceased and more than 1 million displaced and homeless.

It started for me as a childhood Christmas: a time for celebration, joy, excitement, family, and, of course, presents. Little did I know, this Christmas was going to be one that I would never fail to remember. A wonderful week of great anticipation for my favorite holiday would be spent soaking up the sun in the Maldives, where the excitement never stopped: ping pong tournaments, endless snorkeling 20 yards off shore, and even snail races.

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While we were on break…

Sam Barrett ’16

Let’s face it. Break is over. Unfortunately, that means the end of sleeping in and relaxing and returning to early mornings and late nights. And while the students of Tower Hill had two relaxing weeks to get school off of their minds, the rest of the world continued working at full speed. So, in case current events weren’t your primary concern over the break, I’ve compiled a list of the best, most important, and even wackiest news from December 21st to January 7th.
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