Recently we surpassed the 100th day of school. As we approach the first anniversary of the pandemic in this country, there is hope that the future will be better. Harkening back to March and April of 2020, I barely remember anything but the pandemic. Those months were likely filled with great triumphs and terrible tragedies across the globe. Still, most are forgotten or overshadowed by the daily crush of grim events that marked the tragedies of the pandemic that still burdens us today.
There is hope. COVID-19 united against it a world of scientists. Perhaps a bit lost in the chorus of frustrations related to vaccine distribution is the remarkable win this represents for science and humanity.
Perhaps to temper expectations, but when this crisis began, I recall learning that that mumps vaccine was the quickest ever developed at four years. I am not minimizing the valid frustrations with the rollout of the vaccine, but the very fact we are in a position to complain is nothing short of amazing.
Employing the royal "we," I dare say "we" are victims of our own success. The constant news flow highlighting the astounding achievements emanating from the science and technology community leaves us no longer easily impressed.
For example, I am often lost without a GPS, and NASA scientists launched a car-sized rover in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and landed it on Mars in February 2021. Landing a car on Mars and developing a vaccine to address a global pandemic in roughly a year is a testament to scientific progress and to the human spirit of overcoming challenges. It is impressive, and so are the students highlighted below. I have little doubt they will make similar contributions to humanity that will impact the lives of many.
Upcoming March Dates
- Wednesday, March 3 - Virtual Day for all students (SAT testing day)
- Monday, March 8 - PD Day (no school students)
- Week of March 22 - Repeat Gold Week (Cohort B students in school on 3/24)
- Friday, March 26 - PD Day (no school students)
Senior True Becker Competes on American Ninja Warrior
Senior True Becker was one of a select group of teens chosen to compete on Season 13 of NBC's American Ninja Warrior. True has been competing in Ninja Warrior for five years and is a former Young Adult World Champion for the National Ninja League. He is leading the league in points this season competing in the adult elite division and became a sponsored athlete in January. True will be heading to Tacoma, Washington in early April for the first round of filming and competition for American Ninja Warrior. Good luck!
I am beyond thrilled that another successful season of athletics recently ended, and a new one has begun. Thank you to AD, Aaron Joncas, all the coaches, student-athletes, and to the parent community for making it possible. Not an exhaustive list, but below are some highlights from last sports season.
- Boys Basketball: Won 3 straight vs. Weston and Waltham to finish the season. Team advanced to the DCL finals, losing to Newton South 66-52. Sr. Tyler Jameau became just the 4th player in program history to score over 1000 points, achieving the milestone in the championship game. Photo attached.
- Girls Basketball: Finished the season 12-3 overall and won the DCL Large Championship with a victory on the road at Acton-Boxboro. A photo of team captains L-R attached (Nicole Celi, Emma McCollum, Haley Newcomb, Kori Barach and Anna Brooks)
- Boys Hockey: Finished 4-4-4 and lost in the DCL Final to Waltham, 5-3. Jr. Dane Carter notched his 100th point this season.
- Girls Hockey: Finished 4-4-2 and beat Walham 4-3 in sudden death OT to win the DCL Title. OT goal was scored by 9th grade Mairead Campbell on a blistering slapshot.
- Boys Alpine Ski was paced by All-League skiers Paul Connolly and Will Scheffel. They finished the season 3-3-1 overall. Will finished 5th overall in the Men's Slalom All-League race.
- Girls Alpine Ski was led by All-League performers Sarah Creamer and Siena Triola. They finished 2-5 overall. Sarah finished 1st overall in the Women's Slalom All-League race. Photo attached L-R (Emma Nerrow, Siena Triola, Julia Fortier, Sarah Creamer, Isabella Neal)
- Boys Nordic, Girls Nordic Ski: Both teams continued their recent stretch of dominance, capturing the Mass Bay West League Titles in convincing fashion.
- Girls Swim and Dive: Finished 2-3 in the very competitive DCL, swimming all their meets virtually against other schools. 9th grader Alana Leen was impressive in her debut season, setting several school records.
- Boys Swim and Dive finished 1-5 overall and was paced by All-American diver Charlie Reichle.
- Fencing was not able to participate in its traditional number of meets due to covid, but the team was led by James Reilly, Nicola Hunt, and Isabel Dinardo.