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December 2nd 2015
Liz '11 reports on her 2015 summer internship experience. I am very grateful that the Alumni Association elected to award me a stipend for this summer. I am part of a program similar to Teach for America, called teachNOLA. The program has an intensive 5-week training program during June and July, which is why I applied for the stipend because I moved to a new city and would not be able to work. Thanks to the Alumni Association, I was able to take this opportunity to participate in a program I...
December 1st 2015
On Tuesdays during lunch, you might wander down the hallway of the Clay Center and come upon the Middlesex Chess Club.  Heads down in tournament-style play, a dozen students challenge each other for the title of Club Master.  The top players at Middlesex as of December 1, according to the Elo rating system, are: 1.  Nick Kender '16 (Chelmsford, MA) - 1696 points 2.  Wit Sereeyothin '16 (Thailand) - 1667 points 3.  Reid Parisi '17 (Lincoln, MA) - 1658 points 4.  Tie:  Eric Gourdon '16 (Greenwich...
December 1st 2015
Like all Middlesex students,  Jessica Tuck `81 saw her plaque as an opportunity to leave a physical marker on the school, one that hopefully accurately represented not only her personality but also her experience at Middlesex. Jessica’s final design depicts a jester clicking his heels and certainly contains a huge amount of meaning for her. In addition to being a hardworking student, Jessica made the most of every opportunity to have a good time and a laugh.  It was essential, therefore, that...
December 1st 2015
On the stairway to the Latin wing, a detailed plaque depicting a Mayan coronation ceremony catches one’s eye. The image, carved by Bret Stephens `91, shows a new king in the process of being crowned by his father, the old king. The figures sit on thrones carved with human forms, which affirms their royal status. Stephens was drawn to the “beauty and complexity” of the scene, and especially to the “stately way in which it involved a recognizable moment in human interaction.” Given the complexity...
November 20th 2015
The Middlesex community is fortunate to welcome artist Elizabeth Awalt to the Ayer Wood Gallery in November and December. Her Studio Lab is a unique opportunity to see an artist in process. Students will have the opportunity to draw, paint, and make cyanotypes with her, and observe and learn from her process. Artist Statement I’ve lived on an island in Maine for twenty-five summers where I have the privilege to observe and paint the sea, tide pools, ledges, and woods. On the island I’m...
November 20th 2015
On November 16, the multicultural office at Middlesex welcomed Mr. Amer Ahmed to campus.  Mr. Ahmed is the incoming Director of the Intercultural Teaching and Faculty Development at UMASS Amherst.  He is the first speaker in this year’s MX Spectrum Dialogues, a mini lecture series devoted to equity, justice, and inclusion.  Speaking in the Terry Room, Mr. Ahmed engaged the community in a discussion of Islamophobia. The students enjoyed his interactive program, and especially relished the...
November 17th 2015
Members of the Middlesex community traveled across the ocean earlier this month to visit families and alumni throughout London, China, and Korea. In London, Head of School, Kathy Giles, Director of Development, Heather Parker, and Director of Advancement, George Noble, enjoyed a wonderful reception hosted by Mary and Adrian Pryshlak P'18. Families, friends, and alumni of Middlesex were able to enjoy a night reconnecting and meeting fellow members of the Middlesex community.  After departing...
November 16th 2015
Noni Pratt '76 was one of the first girls at Middlesex School, joining as a new junior the first year the school became co-ed. While she can’t remember the direct inspiration behind her plaque design, an open mouthed bird covered in golden glitter, she did explain a few of the symbols present in the plaque. Noni reflects happily that Middlesex “took theatre and the arts seriously,” and she was heavily involved in these activities during her two years at the school. The inspiration for putting...
November 16th 2015
            Mr. William B. Richardson '66 left his plaque at Middlesex representing a pitcher in front of a map of Mexico, right in the first floor of Eliot Hall. Bill believes that his plaque is reflective and consistent with whom he was at his time at MX. As a baseball pitcher, even in the Middlesex Athletic Hall of Fame, carving a pitcher seemed only natural. Also, Bill was half-Mexican, raised in Mexico, and returned to Mexico for vacations, so another large part of his identity was where...
November 16th 2015
Set in the 1950's, the hilarious farce The Matchmaker follows the romantic machinations of Dolly Levi, a matchmaker for the ages.  The comedy, complete with explosions, cross dressing, mistaken identities, faints, screams and kisses, offered audiences a weekend of laughs.  A cleverly-designed rotating set provided the ideal backdrop for this talented cast of 16 actors.  Bravo! Cast Vandergelder:  Conrad Meier '16 Ambrose:  Dylan Fields '18 Joe:  Max Corkran '17 Gertrude:  Eliza Jevon '17...

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