October 2016

College Sports Check in: Sophie Peipher and Steven Siegfried

Louise Conaty ’17

While many current Tower Hill teams are excelling in their fall seasons, I decided to check in on two of Tower Hill’s finest athletes who have decided to take their hard work and talent to the next level with college athletics. Sophie Peipher, who was a fearless leader and star on both the Tower Hill Field Hockey and Lacrosse teams, now plays Field Hockey for Swarthmore college, and she will also play lacrosse during the Spring season. Steven Siegfried shined on the Tower Hill soccer team not only with his skills but also his tremendous leadership. Steven now plays soccer for Franklin and Marshall.  

Here are a few questions I posed to the recent alums.

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Marvel’s Luke Cage Review

Neil Godbole ’17


On September 30th, Marvel released its newest 13 episode, live-action superhero series on Netflix. Within a day of its release, Netflix, maybe the world’s most popular and most used source for binge-watching television shows, had its servers taken down for two hours due to user traffic. Suffice to say, people were excited about Luke Cage. Continue reading “Marvel’s Luke Cage Review”

The Promise of a Virtual World

Bennett Fort ’19

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few months, then you have most likely heard about something called virtual reality, or VR for short.  It’s pretty self-explanatory: it’s a headset that a person can wear that will automatically put the individual someplace else in a certain situation or just in an environment that the person can then explore.  Right now, VR is mostly being used for video games, and I, after experiencing the higher end of VR twice now, believe it is truly something special.  I would even go as far to say that, if VR picks up, it could change the entire world. Continue reading “The Promise of a Virtual World”

Athlete of the Month-September 2016

Matt Santos ’17

Note: All winners chosen by the coaches of their respective teams.

Volleyball Athlete of September: Abby Carpenter

Coach Michael Sachs says, “Last season,  Abby was switched from a defensive player to an offensive, front row player because of our team’s needs. This season, we switched her back to being our libero, a specialized, defensive, back-row-only player.   Abby has been one of only two primary passers in our serve receive.  While this is a lot of pressure and responsibility, Abby never lets it show.  She not only focuses on her jobs of passing and defense, she is also calm, mindful, and experienced enough to help some of the younger players be in the correct position on both receive and defense. Abby’s play has been exemplary, and when the inevitable bad play occurs, she is able to put it behind her and refocus on the next play, as all great competitors do.  Abby has been one of the key pieces for our success this season.”    Continue reading “Athlete of the Month-September 2016”

If You Find This Email

Jade Olurin ’17

Created in June 2014, “If You Find This Email” is a collection of emails sent by anonymous authors all over the world. The emails are happy, sad, powerful, funny, or a combination of all four, but all of them are heart-wrenchingly honest.  While it’s impossible to know whether or not an email was written by someone, “Milkshakes melt. People change” and “A star with good reception” are some of my favorite maxims from the website. After a hiatus lasting most of the summer, the site has been updated at least once weekly since August, providing a glimpse into those daring enough to bare their souls to complete strangers on the internet. I found the website in July of this year, and have since read every email ever posted. I think about the emails and their authors often, wondering if I’ve read the innermost feelings of the woman behind me in line at Walgreens, the man next to me in traffic, or the student I held the door for on my way into school.

        While not the main attraction, another aspect of the site is worthy of acknowledging: the comments. Sometimes, they are simply “Thank you for writing this”, but other times they are just as beautiful and heartfelt as the emails themselves, urging the author not to give up, to take a chance, or reassuring them that they are not alone. I have never seen a disparaging comment, meaning that either comments are screened before they are posted, or, as I like to think, nobody feels the need to negatively comment on someone else’s story.

        Under the “Send Yours” tab, the founders explain “all emails are posted with our best shot of giving people a moment to nod their head and say, ‘me too.’” I have read so many emails relatable enough it seems I could have written them, with authors from locations like Kabale, Uganda; Dallas, Texas; and “On a yoga mat getting sidetracked”, connected through the process of sharing their deepest thoughts with the world. Whether an author is grieving and hoping her friend is “on a star with good reception”, or writing an open letter to the “new girlfriend of my best friend (who is a guy)” they are able to express themselves even if they believed they never could. This website won’t change the world, but it may change the way you see the people in it.

What Happened?

 Rory Britt ’17

The United States has been through what is one of the most divisive, wide-reaching, and media-driven elections in recent memory. The two major candidates stand with the lowest approval ratings and the highest disapproval ratings in American history. The Republican, Donald Trump, is called misogynistic, bigoted, violent, and unstable, while the Democrat, Hillary Clinton, is thought to be ruthless, untruthful, unhealthy, and a corporate shill. For someone just tuning into the election, they may wonder how on God’s green earth the US decided that these would be the best candidates for the job. For that answer, one must go back in time.

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9 Reasons I’m Possibly, But Certainly Not, Beyonce

Carly Cushman ’17

In dedication to the great queen B, whom I may or may not be missing the Forum to go see in concert, I would like to explain why Beyonce and I are long-lost siblings, and how other than our names and age we are the exact person.

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Opinion: The First Presidential Debate

Jake Spruance’19

The first Presidential debate finished last week, and whoa, regardless of your political beliefs, everyone can agree that the debate was crazy. The online fact-checkers were working like mad, and the candidates interrupted each other, and Lester Holt, continuously.

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The Diversity of Delaware

Julia Ward ’17

Living in Delaware for most of my life, I have never considered Wilmington to be a dangerous place. It’s not, unless you go to two specific neighborhoods in the city. I am sure that we have all heard that Wilmington is one of the most dangerous cities in the country, ranking third on the FBI’s annual list of most violent cities of its size.  It’s crazy to think that Tower Hill School lies within the limits of the city, but we have no idea of the harsh realities that some citizens face everyday.

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