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Blair Academy is proud to announce the Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2020: Janet (Jones) Harrington ’76, Melissa Henderson Koenig ’84, Chris Nallen ’00, Patrick Santoro ’85 and Steven Mocco ’01股票解套要多久. The Blair community will celebrate the athletic careers of these outstanding Buccaneers at Alumni Weekend. All are welcome to attend the induction ceremony on June 6 at 9 a.m.

“I am excited to induct another very impressive Hall of Fame class,” said Director of Athletics Paul Clavel ’88, chair of the Hall of Fame Committee. “Each of these former student-athletes had a successful high school career and won a number of accolades at Blair and beyond. Several have competed at the highest level in their respective sports and one continues to do so. These inductees are a solid group of individuals that truly represent the excellence of the Blair Academy athletic program.” 

股票解套要多久The class of 2020 is the fifth group of athletes named to Blair’s Athletic Hall of Fame. In keeping with the School’s long tradition of excellence in sports, Blair established the Hall of Fame in 2016 to recognize the athletic achievements of alumni and coaches. 

股票解套要多久In order to be considered for Hall of Fame membership, nominees must have exhibited the highest caliber of athletic accomplishment during their time at Blair and have been outstanding members of the School community in the areas of scholastic achievement, citizenship, integrity and moral character. Selection is based primarily on athletic accomplishments while a Blair student or coach, although subsequent achievement in athletics or other areas may be considered. Finally, alumni nominees become Hall-of-Fame eligible in the 10th year following their graduation, while coaches become eligible after their retirement from Blair.

This year's Hall of Fame Committee members include former athletic directors John Frere, Dan Hazen and Jim Stone; Chief Operating Officer and former wrestling coach Jim Frick; Assistant Director of Athletics, head wrestling coach and former Blair athlete Brian Antonelli '93; history teacher and track and cross country coach Martin Miller, PhD; Dean of Campus Life, softball coach and former Blair athlete Carolyn Conforti-Browse '79; Chief Advancement Officer Craig Hall; Director of Alumni Relations Shaunna Murphy; Sports Information Director and former Blair athlete Rhett Moroses ’13; former Director of Alumni Relations and former girls' soccer coach Jenny Maine; Athletic Operations Manager Danielle Cosantino; and Board of Governors President Robert Van Stone '69. The committee considered more than 50 nominees, many of whom were suggested by Blair alumni, parents and friends of the School.

Blair congratulates this year’s Athletic Hall of Fame inductees! Read more about them below.
 

Janet (Jones) Harrington ’76 

A three-season athlete, Mrs. Harrington captained Blair’s field hockey, basketball and softball teams as a senior. “Nettie,” as she was affectionately known at Blair, earned all-New Jersey Prep League accolades for field hockey in 1975 and softball in 1976 and was the first recipient of Blair’s William Zester Prize, given to the female athlete who best represents Blair in competition. 

Mrs. Harrington continued her athletic career by playing field hockey at Widener University before transferring to Rider University. Mother of Stephen T. Harrington ’12股票解套要多久, she served as a member of Blair’s Alumni Board of Governors from 2005 to 2011.

Melissa Henderson Koenig ’84

股票解套要多久Winner of 11 varsity letters, Mrs. Henderson Koenig was a member of the Buccaneer field hockey, swimming and track teams. She was a top New Jersey swimmer during her years at Blair, finishing second in the 200 medley relay and third in the 100m breaststroke at States in 1982, third in the 200 individual relay and first in the 100m breaststroke at States in 1983, and third in the 100m breaststroke and second in the 50m breaststroke at the 1984 and 1985 Y district championships, respectively. She received the William Zester Prize and Captain’s Trophy as a senior, but her accomplishments extended well beyond Blair’s athletic venues. Mrs. Henderson Koenig was awarded the Harding Memorial Prize for contributions to musical organizations and the Lee Rose Memorial Trophy for performing with merit in the classroom while contributing significantly to Blair life. As a sophomore, she received the John Kinch Leach Merit Award for her record of scholarship, participation in activities and citizenship. 

Mrs. Henderson Koenig matriculated at Kenyon College, where she earned varsity letters in field hockey from 1985 to 1987 and in swimming and diving in 1985. She was a Division III All-American swimmer in 1985, placing 15th in the 100m breaststroke as a member of Kenyon’s NCAA championship-winning team. Having taken up speed skating in recent years, Mrs. Henderson Koenig currently serves as vice president of racing for the Amateur Skating Association of Illinois and head coach of the Glen Ellyn Speed Skating Club. She is an accomplished Masters skater who holds multiple national age-group titles, as well as the former national record-holder in the 777m race for ages 40 to 49. At the 2020 Winter World Masters Games in Innsbruck, Austria, she placed second in the 50-to-54 age group in the 500, 1000 and 1500m races and was a member of the fourth-place mixed gender relay team.

Chris Nallen ’00 

Having swung his first golf clubs at 3 years of age, Mr. Nallen was well on his way to becoming a serious player when he entered Blair in 1996. By the time he was a senior, he was a state champion golfer with a 32.5 nine-hole scoring average, a record for the area. Mr. Nallen won Blair’s Zimmerman Golf Prize and became the New Jersey Herald and Blairstown Press股票解套要多久 “Male Athlete of the Year” in 2000. That same year, he won his second straight American Junior Golf Association Junior Izzo championship, tied for 13th at the New Jersey State Golf Association (NJSGA) Open, placed second at the Lucent Technologies Junior Boys championship and made the first team Rolex Junior All America. 

股票解套要多久Mr. Nallen continued his stellar career at the University of Arizona, where he helped lead the Wildcats to three top-10 NCAA championship finishes, including third-place finishes in 2001 and 2004. He won a number of tournaments over his four years in college, and his many honors include Golf Coaches Association of America Freshman All-American (2001), NJSGA Player of the Year (2002 and 2003), first team All-Pac-10 (2002-2004), Pac-10 Player of the Year (2004) and four-year All-American, making the first team in 2003 and 2004. He was selected to represent the United States as a member of the Walker Cup team in 2003 and the Palmer Cup team in 2003 and 2004. 

After becoming a semifinalist for the 2004 U.S. Amateur championship, Mr. Nallen joined the ranks of professional golfers. He won the 2004 Gila River Classic in his first Nationwide Tour start, becoming the first player in tour history to simultaneously qualify on Monday, lead wire-to-wire and win his first career start. Another professional highlight was winning the 2008 BMW Charity Pro-Am partnered with hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Mr. Nallen became an assistant coach at Arizona State in 2013, where he has since helped guide the Wildcats to individual and team success.

Patrick Santoro ’85

股票解套要多久Throughout his storied wrestling career, Mr. Santoro has achieved national success as a competitor and coach. He captained the Buccaneers during his postgraduate year, earning accolades as the 1985 prep national champion at 142 lbs. and outstanding wrestler of the tournament. Wrestling for the University of Pittsburgh, he was the Panthers’ only four-time NCAA All-American (1986 to 1989), winning the NCAA championship at 142 lbs. in 1988 and 1989. He was also a three-time Eastern Wrestling League champion and the recipient of the 1989 Golden Panther Award as the University’s outstanding athlete of the year. 

股票解套要多久On the world wrestling stage, Mr. Santoro was a four-time member of the U.S. national team from 1995 to 1999, serving as an alternate to the 1996 U.S. Olympic team and the 1999 world team. He placed second at the 1992 U.S. Open Freestyle championship, third at the 1992 U.S. Olympic trials and fourth at the 2000 U.S. Olympic trials. 

股票解套要多久Mr. Santoro’s coaching career has taken him from Penn State and Duquesne University, where he served as assistant coach, to head coach at the University of Maryland from 2003 to 2008, and, finally, to Lehigh University, where he has served as head coach of the powerhouse Mountain Hawk wrestling program since 2009. His coaching achievements include NWCA National Assistant Coach of the Year (2003), ACC Coach of the Year (2008), EIWA Coach of the Year (2009, 2012, 2016 and 2018) and NWCA Division 1 Coach of the Year (2018). He has mentored two NCAA champions and led 11 wrestlers to 20 All-American finishes at the NCAA Division 1 championships. Mr. Santoro has also taken leadership roles within the sport, serving as an NWCA board member and mentor for the NWCA CEO leadership-training program. 

Steven Mocco ’01

股票解套要多久Mr. Mocco is one of the country’s most accomplished heavyweight wrestlers, a four-time NCAA finalist and member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. He came to Blair as a junior and built upon the outstanding wrestling career he had established at St. Benedict’s Prep, winning the Stephen Curry Prize for marked improvement during his first year at the School. By the time he graduated from Blair, he was a four-time prep state and prep national champion (1998-2001), three-time junior national champion (1999-2001), two-time Ironman and Beast of the East champion (1999, 2000) and Cadet National champion (1998). He also participated in judo, earning a junior national championship in 1999 and placing third at U.S. nationals in 1999. Mr. Mocco was recognized for his high school wrestling success with four national awards: the 2001 ASICS Tiger High School Wrestler of the Year, the 2001 Junior Hodge Trophy, the 2001 NHSCA National High School Wrestler of the Year and the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award. He placed fourth in the 2001 Junior World Championship. 

Heavily recruited by top college wrestling programs, Mr. Mocco continued to excel at the University of Iowa, where he placed second nationally as a freshman in 2002 and was NCAA champion as a sophomore in 2003. Additional accolades in 2003 include the New York AC Christmas International and Sunkist Kids International Open championships, as well as a second-place showing in Russia’s Ivan Yarygin Cup. He then transferred to Oklahoma State University, where he concluded his college career as the 2005 NCAA champion and 2006 NCAA runner-up. He received the Dan Hodge Trophy as the nation’s best collegiate wrestler in 2005 and helped lead Oklahoma State to NCAA team titles in 2005 and 2006. Mr. Mocco also played football for the Oklahoma State Cowboys in 2006, appearing in five games as a defensive lineman. He concurrently pursued freestyle wrestling and was a five-time finalist at the U.S. Open from 2004 to 2009, earning the senior national title in 2009.

股票解套要多久Mr. Mocco won the U.S. Olympic trials in 2008 to earn a berth on Team USA at 120kg, placing seventh in his weight class at the Beijing Olympics. He continued his successful competitive career over the next several years, winning the prestigious Ivan Yarygin Gold Medal and Alexander Medved International Championship in 2009, earning gold medals at the Pan American Games in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and winning the Cerro Pelado gold medal in Cuba in 2010. He also earned a national title in judo and won five professional mixed martial arts competitions from 2012 to 2015. 

During his coaching career, Mr. Mocco served as assistant coach under fellow Blair Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Pat Santoro ’85 at Lehigh University in 2011 and 2012, where he mentored a heavyweight champion and helped lead the team to top-10 national finishes both years. He is currently the head wrestling coach and head of the Mocco Wrestling Club at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, named the best mixed martial arts gym in the world for three consecutive years. Mr. Mocco has coached many fighters to world championships in all professional fight leagues. He is the former president and current chairman of the Florida Amateur Wrestling Association.

Stacey Spring '95

Stacey (Gorski) Spring ’95股票解套要多久 will return to her alma mater on March 24 to discuss “Lessons from Europe: Could the U.S. Break Its Two-Party Political System?” at the Society of Skeptics. A member of the history faculty at Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts, since 2015, Mrs. Spring is a familiar face on Blair’s campus as both an alumna and former faculty member. Her presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the Chiang-Elghanayan Center for Innovation and Collaboration.

Currently pursuing her doctorate in political science at Boston University, Mrs. Spring traced her love of the subject to the Russian history course she took as a Blair senior with longtime history teacher and Society of Skeptics coordinator Martin Miller, PhD. She subsequently earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and English at Middlebury College and began her teaching career at Peddie School before joining Blair’s history and English faculty in 2002.

股票解套要多久Amid the busy whirl of life as a Blair faculty member, Mrs. Spring immersed herself in the world of political science when she began teaching AP comparative politics in 2007—in fact, she read 18 books that summer in order to nail down her knowledge of the countries covered in the course and their systems of government. The next step of her career—after she and her husband, former Blair history teacher Ryan Spring, welcomed their son, Owen, to the world—brought her to a sabbatical year in 2010-2011, during which she completed a master’s degree in political science at Lehigh University. There, she studied the European Union, nationalism and regional parties under Dr. Janet Laible, while completing independent work on Nigerian nationalism.

Dr. Laible encouraged Mrs. Spring to consider doctorate programs and, in 2013, with her second, child, Elly, a year old, she began pursuing her PhD at Boston University under Dr. Vivien Schmidt. “I could not have gotten luckier,” she reflected. “Besides being a top American scholar in the field of European politics, Vivien is so optimistic and encouraging. I like to think I have a nose for finding people like this in my life, dating back to the people at Blair who motivated me in the late ’90s.” She counts Dr. Miller, English teacher and Dean of Campus Life Carolyn Conforti-Browse ’79 and former Athletic Director Dan Hazen among her many Blair mentors.

Mrs. Spring’s dissertation focuses on the historic rise of the Scottish National Party since 2007, and she will bring her research to her discussion at Skeptics. “Attendees will learn about politics across the pond, the role of paradox in politics and a potential pathway to third-party growth in the U.S.,” she said. “Beyond that, I hope that faculty and students alike will be inspired by my story to keep pushing limits and expectations despite momentary setbacks, fear of failure and the notable detail that nothing worthwhile is easy.”

股票解套要多久“It’s an honor to return to Blair to speak at Skeptics,” Mrs. Spring added. “I’m excited to share my current work and, hopefully, inspire a community I love.”

 

The History of Skeptics

The Society of Skeptics was established as a forum for students and faculty to discuss and debate important global issues; it has grown to become one of the premier high school lecture series in the United States. Each week, speakers from the political, social, scientific, economic and literary arenas share their unique perspectives with students, who are encouraged to engage with presenters, asking questions and debating points of view.

The program was an outgrowth of the Blair International Society, begun in 1937. Forty years later, former history department chair Elliott Trommald, PhD, Hon.’65, established the modern Skeptics program as a regular forum for student discussion and debate; history teacher Martin Miller, PhD, took over in the mid-1980s and molded the program into a weekly lecture series, one that has since continued without interruption. Under the tutelage of Dr. Miller, Skeptics has featured a wide variety of speakers who are engaging, accomplished in their respective fields and often controversial. For a listing of upcoming Skeptics programs, please click here.

Student-Athletes Honored at Varsity Awards Banquet

股票解套要多久On March 2, Blair honored the winter varsity teams for their memorable performances this season at the annual varsity awards banquet. Highlights of the 2019-2020 winter athletic season included championship wins, personal bests and impressive accolades for every squad.

"This winter, Blair was once again represented by a great group of student-athletes," said Paul Clavel '88股票解套要多久, director of athletics. "All season long, players demonstrated not only a high level of performance, but incredible team spirit in supporting each other through adversity."

The following student-athletes received prizes at the banquet:

Brooks Basketball Prize: Olivia Miles ’21 and Dominique Darius ’21

Leroy Haskins Basketball Prize: Jaylen Blakes ’21

Blair Squash Prize: Omar Ali ’20 and Theo Reginensi ’21 (not pictured)

Blair Squash Prize: Zoe Reinert ’20

Most Improved Wrestler Award: Eli Anthony ’20

James C. Jamieson Wrestling Award: Ryan Miller ’20

Winter Track Award: Morgan Jones ’21 and Madina Shabazz ’20

The Captain's Swimming Trophy: Nate Castimore'’20Camille Williams ’20, and Aidan Stockhausen ’20

Merit Ski Award: Kirk Holton ’20Emia Musabegovic ’20, and Chloe Rayer ’20 (not pictured)

Ancient History Class

If you are interested in human nature and curious about how people lived and what they thought about thousands of years ago, a study of ancient Greece and Rome is a good place to start. So says language teacher Mitchell Towne, who is leading nine juniors and seniors through a chronological survey of major periods in the history of these two civilizations in the yearlong elective “Ancient History.”

“Of all ancient societies, the reality is that we probably know the most about Greece and Rome,” said Mr. Towne, who holds a bachelor’s degree in classics from Williams College. “Many texts and artifacts have survived to the present day, allowing us to paint a good picture of what the world was like for Greek and Roman citizens.”

What’s more, he added, it is worthwhile to study ancient Greece and Rome today because of the tremendous influence these civilizations have on the modern world, particularly in America. “From architecture to language to food, ancient Greece and Rome affect us in ways we often do not even realize. It’s no accident that the eagle, the symbol of America, was also the animal that adorned the standards of the Roman legions,” he observed. “Many ideas and even phrases we consider cliché today were first expressed by the ancient Romans and Greeks. Whether we like them or not, we cannot escape their influence.”

One of Mr. Towne’s main goals for the course—besides teaching students the facts of ancient history—is to expose them to primary sources so that they better understand the mindset of the ancients. Thus, class members tackled parts of The Iliad last fall and are currently delving into The Aeneid, along with selections from a variety of historians, including Herodotus, Livy and Plutarch. Lectures help them place the readings in context, but students spend the large majority of class time discussing the themes in the work at hand, as they share impressions and findings.

“Students are drinking knowledge directly from the springs (ad fontes!) by reading these texts, but they are engaging with them on a more personal level by forming and presenting arguments and opinions to their peers,” Mr. Towne said. “The process is not just improving their knowledge of the material but also their ability to think clearly and hold their own in a debate.”

Domonic Mata ’20 is enjoying thought-provoking exchanges with his classmates as much as he is reading the classical works that captivated his interest several years ago. “Ever since reading Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series when I was young, I have been fascinated by the fantastic myths and heroic tales of ancient times,” he said. “When I chose this course, I was excited to finally have a reason to read The Aeneid and The Iliad, and I’ve gained a deeper appreciation and understanding of the ancient world through its most famous stories. I’d highly recommend this course to anyone interested in Greek and Roman mythology or the ancient world.”

Mr. Towne is leading a trip to Greece in June, during which he, Timken Library Director Ann Williams, and a group of Blair students will visit 14 cities and towns following an itinerary that integrates history, literature, language and cultural immersion. Blair has partnered with the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study for this adventure, an organization for which Mr. Towne worked for three years leading classics-oriented tours around Italy, Greece and Sicily before joining Blair’s faculty in 2019. Although most of the students on this year’s trip are not currently enrolled in his ancient history course, Mr. Towne would “love for them all to come,” and he hopes to connect the class to a trip in the future. 

Be Well @ Blair

Having worked together for the last several years to expand Blair’s health and wellness curriculum during Blair’s academic day, Erin Fortunato and Andee Ryerson teamed up in 2019-2020 to create a non-curricular group that seeks to create positive change on campus by focusing on peer health education. 

In its inaugural year, Be Well @ Blair includes nine juniors and seniors who, according to the mission statement they drafted during a planning retreat during preseason last year, “strive to be supportive, reliable, trusting, relatable and open-minded.” Their goals include taking a hands-on approach to spreading knowledge, positively influencing peers, and promoting individual and community-wide well-being.

All In, All Together

The genesis of the group began in a meeting related to the health-and-wellness pillar of Blair’s strategic plan for 2019-2025, All In. As Mrs. Fortunato, the school’s health-and-wellness coordinator and a member of the Head of School’s office, listened to colleagues talk about ways to incorporate more health education into curricular and co-curricular opportunities, she zeroed in on peer health education as a particularly impactful option. 

“We knew students are interested in this, and there is a lot of research that shows peer education is effective in changing behavior, especially in college,” she said. “While there aren’t a ton of studies right now focusing on high schoolers, we do know that kids are much more likely to take the same information an adult offers them from a fellow teenager and feel like it is more applicable to their lives.” 

股票解套要多久Given that the programming of Be Well @ Blair is entirely student generated also makes the group’s work feel more relevant to campus life. “Students are looking around and saying, ‘These are the unhealthy choices I see people making, and I want to do something about it,’” said Mrs. Ryerson. 

When Mrs. Fortunato and Mrs. Ryerson first announced to the community that they’d be accepting applications for the group in 2019, they were pleasantly surprised that so many students expressed candid interest in becoming involved: In fact, they were only able to accept a third of the students who applied.

股票解套要多久During their first meetings last September, they immediately got to work, focusing on group management and facilitation, generating ideas and goals, and honing in on the idea of planning dorm health-and-wellness seminars to educate community members about different topics.

Increasing Sleep; Minimizing Stress

Once the school year got underway, the group began gathering every Friday after School Meeting, ultimately settling on the Romano Dining Hall as their meeting spot. Activities over the course of the fall semester ranged from offering advice and organizational supplies to freshman embarking on their Blair careers and considering a “screentime challenge” to decrease the negative effects of mobile device preoccupation to designing posters with sleep tips for classmates and executing very successful seminars on sleep and stress to residents of Insley Hall, South Cottage and Freeman Hall.

In addition to imparting lessons about health-and-wellness, Mrs. Fortunato and Mrs. Ryerson have been gratified to see how much group members have learned about work ethic, project management, public speaking and content creation. Their next undertaking will be a student-driven Sunday Evening Reflection on February 23 that will explore sleep, stress and mindfulness.

In fact, it is the opportunity to find creative ways to educate the Blair community about health-related issues that students have most enjoyed. “We emphasize outreach to the student body to establish Be Well @ Blair as an accessible resource for wellness-related information on campus,” said Abby Morris ’20. “I hope that students are aware of the group's purpose and feel comfortable approaching group members to seek advice or ask questions. This peer-to-peer style of health education allows for casual conversations, complementing the more rigid structure of a health class.” 

Dividing & Conquering the Work

In sitting down with the group’s two advisors, it is clear that their strengths are very complimentary: Mrs. Fortunato brings to bear a bachelor’s degree in biology from Trinity College (1998) and a master’s degree in public health from Boston University (2007) and many years working as a health educator and researcher focused on adolescents. Mrs. Ryerson, on the other hand, was deeply involved in peer health education as a student at Amherst College and has gained unique perspective on Blair students as a longtime Blair housemaster and member of the student life office.

股票解套要多久“Erin is the one with the health expertise who always makes sure we have a lesson plan and a learning objective before we get too far down one path,” said Mrs. Ryerson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in geology, art and art history from Amherst in 2011. “I am more free flowing and jump in if the kids want to go in a different direction. But we both feed off the kids’ energy and have gotten into a good groove of working together and dividing and conquering.”

As someone whose career has always focused on teenagers and required connecting well with them in the classroom, Mrs. Fortunato has enjoyed the opportunity to work with students who she knows well on a regular basis. “In previous positions, I would drop into a school and do a program for eight weeks and then drop out to go to the next school,” she said. “It is exciting to see how much students evolve and how their perspectives change as time passes.”

股票解套要多久She is also really impressed with how hardworking, smart and courageous Blair peer educators are. “The work they are doing requires them to be very brave,” said Mrs. Fortunato. “It is not easy to get up in front of kids you know well and command their attention, especially if kids are relaxed in their dorms. We are proud of what they’ve accomplished.”

And students are grateful for Mrs. Fortunato and Mrs. Ryerson’s support. “Both are knowledgeable about health-related information and are experienced in presenting this material to students,” Abby said. “While student members are taking the lead in organizing and executing Be Well @ Blair's endeavors, Mrs. Fortunato and Mrs. Ryerson are constantly available to offer feedback and advice, improving the overall quality of our work.”

Where Strategic Priorities Meets Daily Campus Life

The fact that Be Well @ Blair is happening in conjunction with Blair’s overarching Strategic Plan, while also being driven by students themselves gives the group an especially organic feel that underscores how closely the School’s strategic pillars align with what is happening in students’ daily lives on campus.

“Our goals are very high-level in that we want students to be interested in and aware of how important health and wellness is,” said Mrs. Ryerson. “But, at the same time, we are teaching them about the hurdles of starting something from scratch. And that the time and effort you put into something is equally proportionate to what you get out of it.” 

股票解套要多久Group members have also learned how much environment, tone and preparedness can impact the work they are doing. Since deciding to meet in the dining hall, the vibe of gatherings has become much more focused and productive. Students leading seminars quickly learned it was easier to connect with smaller groups of peers, especially when the ratio of educators to peers was at its highest. And taking a soft or forceful manner in communicating what you want to say has an impact on how listeners receive those messages.

A Future of Growth

Looking ahead, Mrs. Fortunato hopes that the group will remain the same size but plan more seminars in different formats, get creative about engaging more students and offer input about how to best reach students through Blair’s regular curriculum. Even just six months into the school year, the group’s advisors are happy to see members speaking more forcefully, feeling more empowered and knowledgeable about data, and confident about the messages they are delivering to peers across campus.

In the next year, Mrs. Fortunato and Mrs. Ryerson will encourage juniors who were involved this year to help carry forward the group’s work, ideally eventually planning at least one weekly Be Well @ Blair activity and bringing their seminars to every dorm on campus. “Right now, our students are setting a foundation,” Mrs. Fortunato said. “They’ve gone in and created something from nothing and, next year, we’ll be able to build on that and do much more.” 

股票解套要多久As spring comes to a close and students prepare for exams and graduation, they will also take a look at what worked well in the group’s first year and what tweaks must be made going into the new school year ensure their programming is most impactful in 2020-2021.

Headmasters’ Societies Games

Blair’s campus was awash with red, blue, purple and green—the respective colors of Teams Breed, Kelley, Sharpe and Howard—during the annual Headmasters’ Societies Games in mid-February. The beloved tradition marked its 17th year in 2020, and students and teachers enjoyed heated competition and lots of good, old-fashioned fun.

Throughout the week, students took part in all kinds of contests, including the tried-and-true tug-of-war, volleyball and quiz bowl, and newer Segway robotics race. The Games culminated at the Friday night talent show, when Team Sharpe was declared the winner and awarded the coveted Hardwick Trophy. Congratulations!

National Prep Champs

Marc-Anthony McGowan ’23 (106 lbs.), Shayne VanNess ’21 (132 lbs.) and Rylan Rogers ’22股票解套要多久 (180 lbs.) earned the national prep champion title in their respective weight classes at the 2020 National Prep tournament, held February 21 and 22 at Lehigh University. As a team, the Bucs earned a total of 268.5 points to finish in second place behind rival Wyoming Seminary.

In addition to being crowned national prep champion, Shayne also received the Ray Mendoza Award as the wrestler who produced the most team points in the tournament. Ryan Miller ’20 (120 lbs.), Cody Chittum ’23 (132 lbs.) and Peyton Craft '21 (195 lbs.) each placed second in their weight classes, while Noah Pettigrew ’22 (220 lbs.) and Eli Anthony ’20 (285 lbs.) placed third. Danny Wask ’22股票解套要多久 (126 lbs.) placed fourth while wrestling up a weight class. 

Sean Kilrain ’20 (170 lbs.) placed fifth and T.J. Stewart ’22 股票解套要多久(160 lbs.) placed in eighth in their respective weight classes, rounding out the place-winners for the Bucs.

GIrls' Varsity Basketball State Champs
GIrls' Varsity Basketball State Champs

After a two-year drought, Blair’s varsity girls' basketball team won the NJISAA prep “A” state championship on February 19 with a decisive 76-52 victory over the Hun Red Raiders. The win marked the fulfillment of a season-long team goal to earn the state title, and the Bucs never took their foot off the pedal from the opening tip.

Helena Friend ’22, the team’s leading scorer, seized the moment by dropping a career-high 26 points. Center Tabitha Amanze ’22 followed her on offense with 24 points—she was unstoppable in the paint throughout the game, scoring at will at the rim. The contest was a special win for floor leaders Olivia Miles '21 and Dominique Darius ’21, as they earned their first state championship since entering Blair as freshmen.

The Bucs will close their stellar season this weekend when they travel to Mooresville, North Carolina, to participate in the Insider Exposure Independent School National Championship.

Sergio Troncoso Skeptics
Troncoso Book

Award-winning author Sergio Troncoso returned to the Society of Skeptics for his second appearance on February 25. Mr. Troncoso’s presentation centered around his linked short-story collection, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son, and the concept of the immigrant outsider. His presentation was held in the Chiang-Elghanayan Center for Innovation and Collaboration.

Mr. Troncoso is also the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories and Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, as well as the novels The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust. His stories have been featured in many anthologies, including We Wear the Mask: Fifteen True Stories of Passing in America (Beacon Press) and Thoughtful Writing (Cengage Learning), among others. His work has also appeared in New Letters, Yale Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Texas Monthly, Dallas Morning News, Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas and Newsday.

A Fulbright scholar, Mr. Troncoso has won numerous awards, including the International Latino Book Award, the Premio Aztlan Literary Prize and the Southwest Book Award. He was born in El Paso, Texas, and attended Harvard College as an undergraduate and Yale University, where he earned graduate degrees in international relations and philosophy.

For many years, Mr. Troncoso has taught fiction and nonfiction workshops at the Yale Writers' Workshop in New Haven, Connecticut, and the Hudson Valley Writers' Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York. He is vice president of the Texas Institute of Letters and a member of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's Alumni Hall of Fame.

In his previous Skeptics engagement in 2013, Mr. Troncoso addressed Blair about the US-Mexico border and read from his essay, Our Lost Border: Essays on Life股票解套要多久, which was written amidst the narco-violence in Mexico.

股票解套要多久To watch his full presentation, please click below:

The History of Skeptics

The Society of Skeptics was established as a forum for students and faculty to discuss and debate important global issues; it has grown to become one of the premier high school lecture series in the United States. Each week, speakers from the political, social, scientific, economic and literary arenas share their unique perspectives with students, who are encouraged to engage with presenters, asking questions and debating points of view.

The program was an outgrowth of the Blair International Society, begun in 1937. Forty years later, former history department chair Elliott Trommald, PhD, Hon.’65, established the modern Skeptics program as a regular forum for student discussion and debate; history teacher Martin Miller, PhD, took over in the mid-1980s and molded the program into a weekly lecture series, one that has since continued without interruption. Under the tutelage of Dr. Miller, Skeptics has featured a wide variety of speakers who are engaging, accomplished in their respective fields and often controversial. For a listing of upcoming Skeptics programs, please click here.

 

Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California
Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Studios.

On March 10, Blair’s alumni office will host its first-ever networking event at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. The program, designed for those interested specifically in the fields of media, technology, entertainment, marketing and public relations, is being coordinated by founder and CEO of Dynamo Events Chrissy (Devenny) Thompson ’08. The evening will begin with a keynote address from Blair Kohan ’85, partner and board member at United Talent Agency, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Blair Trustee Derek Peachey ’93股票解套要多久, who will steer the conversation, engage with the audience and offer his perspective as managing partner at Floodlight Digital. 

Panelists include Charisse Manzi ’98, senior producer at Trailer Park; Will Neff ’08, screenwriter and digital influencer; Jaya Vadlamudi ’95, vice president of marketing and communications at Make-a-Wish Greater Los Angeles; Dan McClung ’99, co-founder and chief operating officer at Pureplay Entertainment; and Tim Peacock ’08股票解套要多久, product manager of security, Google Cloud and Google. 

“The impressive standing of our alumni and parents in law, finance, government and other industry verticals is well documented, but I am not sure that many in our community are aware of their outstanding accomplishments in e-commerce, production, entertainment, artificial intelligence and other areas,” Mr. Peachey said. “Our panel discussion will not only highlight the fascinating work being done in these fields, but also generate excitement about how Blair is developing leaders in this innovative segment of our economy.”  

The program’s 40-plus attendees will not only have the chance to network with one another at an evening reception following the formal part of the program, but they will also enjoy an hourlong walking tour of Sony Pictures Studiosa definite highlight of the evening. 

Presenters and participants alike would like to see this forum continue on an annual basis, and Blair’s advancement office is exploring other industries that could be the focus of similar events in the years ahead. 

Read on to learn more about the evening’s keynote speaker, moderator and panelists. To register for the event, click here. For more information about the program, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Shaunna Murphy at (908) 362-2047 or murphs@missyhiphop.com

Blair Kohan ’85

Partner & Board Member, United Talent Agency

股票解套要多久After graduating from Blair in 1985, Blair went on to attend Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, where she studied writing and met her best friend, actress Julianna Margulies, with whom she moved to Los Angeles in 1989. She began her career as an agent trainee at the Bauer-Benedek Agency, which later merged with United Talent Agency. 

股票解套要多久Shortly thereafter, she left to become a feature development executive, serving in that capacity at Brillstein Grey; as vice president of production for Oliver Stone and Dan Halsted at Illusion Entertainment; and as a production executive at 20th Century Fox-based Horizon Entertainment. In 1997, Blair joined United Talent Agency and returned to her first passion: representing top creative voices in entertainment and promoting the art of storytelling. 

As an agent at United Talent Agency, she works closely with some of the industry’s most accomplished actors, directors and writers, including Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen.

Derek Peachey ’93

Managing Partner, Floodlight Digital

Since graduating from Blair in 1993, Derek has remained engaged in all things Blair, serving as a class rep, a Blair faculty member, a member of the Board of Governors (2006-2010) and a Blair Trustee (2016-present). As a Trustee, he continues to work as a liaison to the Board of Governors, and brings to bear his extensive experience in strategic business development and digital technology.

After completing his undergraduate work at Dickinson College in 1997 and earning an MBA at Texas Christian University in 2002, Derek began his career in the technology sector, first as senior director of business development at Handango, then as vice president of sales and business development at July Systems. In 2008, he continued his work in wireless content solutions at Nokia, where he worked extensively in the Latin American market, before returning to July Systems as a member of the executive leadership team in charge of sales and corporate development.

股票解套要多久In 2010, Derek became managing partner at Cathcart Ventures, LLC in the San Francisco Bay area, a media strategy business in the digital technology arena that provides a range of services, including expertise in sales, distribution strategy, digital product development, capital raises, business development and mobile marketing. Derek, his wife, Stephanie, and their two sons reside in Healdsburg, California. 

Jaya Vadlamudi ’95

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles

股票解套要多久Jaya is vice president of Marketing & Communications for Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. In her role, she prioritizes storytelling through media and technology for the purpose of connecting individual and corporate donors with this worthwhile mission. Before joining Make-A-Wish, Jaya headed up communications and media efforts for global humanitarian organizations Team Rubicon and International Medical Corps, traveling to sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and flood-ravaged areas of the United States to relay the life-saving work being carried out by disaster response teams. Prior to her time in the nonprofit sector, Jaya worked in New York City in marketing for global organizations including Morgan Stanley, Sotheby’s Auction House and Zagat Guide. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University with an MA in communications and a BA in international studies, Jaya remembers her time at Blair Academy fondly. She credits Blair’s amazing faculty with developing her communication and people skills, as well as her curiosity for global communities.

Tim Peacock ’08

Product Manager of Security, Google Cloud & Google 

As a product manager at Google, Tim works on security products for Google Cloud. His work, always aimed at keeping the Internet safe, is designed to protect Cloud workloads at scale with low latency and high signal-to-noise. He was previously a product manager at Stripe and Shape Security, where he helped grow the gross domestic product of the Internet and protect the country’s largest banks, airlines, federal agencies and consumer brands. 

股票解套要多久His career began in Washington, D.C., at the Brookings Institution, where he was a research assistant. After graduating from Blair in 2008, he studied political science at Brown University. Since then, Tim has remained connected to the School and, in particular, to Blair’s longest-serving teacher, Wayne “Razz” Rasmussen, who shares his love of motorcycles. 

Dan McClung ’99

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Pureplay Entertainment

Boston-bred Dan co-founded the production-forward outfit Pureplay Entertainment in 2016, after a decade of working in physical production across varied media platforms in Los Angeles. He currently manages day-to-day operations and directly oversees all physical production for the company. Previously, Dan served as an in-house producer for both Relativity Digital Studios and BermanBraun, where he helped build out internal infrastructure to support video production across multiple departments, managed development slates, and created content for the company’s brand partnerships, original channels and series.

股票解套要多久As an independent producer, Dan has worked for the multi-channel network  Fullscreen, the music video house Anthem and the agency SAV, and he has executed several features and award-winning short films. He has worked with many prolific brand clients such as Evian, Lexus, Absolut, IKEA, Lenovo, Mercedes, Hasbro, Miller Lite, Edmunds, MSN, YouTube and Vans Warped Tour.

Dan has been at the intersection of technology and content for most of his career, and has taken a hands-on approach to shaping the landscape since the industry began its significant shift in 2010. His company is now helping to bridge this gap for streaming networks like Amazon and a variety of independent clients.

Will Neff ’08

Screenwriter & Digital Influencer

股票解套要多久Will studied communications and interactive media science at Elon University in North Carolina, receiving a BA in 2012 and MS in 2013. He has honed his skills as an improvisational actor at Chicago’s Second City Theatre, Hollywood’s Laugh Factory and the iconic Groundlings acting school in Los Angeles. During seven years in California, he has worked as a researcher with the Reason Foundation, a writer, actor and producer of video entertainment at Buzz Feed and Full Screen, and as producer of his own screen stories. Having recently sold his first feature-length script, Will continues to advance his own video and screen compositions. He currently serves as a partner at the innovative livestreaming platform known as Twitch.

Charisse Manzi ’98

Senior Producer, Trailer Park

Upon graduating from Fordham University with a degree in communications and media studies, Charisse remained in New York City, where she worked for several networks including MTV, Discovery and Oxygen. A move to Los Angeles changed the trajectory of her career, when Charisse and her classmate, Marcel Wepper ’98股票解套要多久, founded Marcel Wepper, Inc., in 2011. This endeavor expanded her career into the commercial world, where she focused on branded entertainment with clients such as Elle, Benefit Cosmetics and Kate Spade. In 2015, she helped create the branded entertainment division at Windowseat Productions, producing content while overseeing its day-to-day operations. Three years ago, she created the branded content division at Herzog & Company, where she developed content across all spaces, from short form to original docu-series to feature documentaries. She recently wrapped two docu-series for ESPN celebrating 150 years of college football. In 2019, Charisse took all of this experience to her current position at Trailer Park, a leading entertainment marketing company, where she is building out their custom content division to include branded and original work. Her ability to think outside the box and bring new creative ideas to the table give her an edge when working with her clients to share engaging and impactful stories.

Faculty & Staff Art Opening

Blair's annual faculty and staff art show is one of The Romano Gallery's best events, and this year's exhibition, featuring the artwork of Blair's teachers and staff members, runs from February 10 to March 7. An artists' reception on February 27 at 7 p.m. will give the Blair community a chance to learn more about the creative process behind the works on display, which represent several different art mediums.

股票解套要多久The following Blair faculty and staff members have pieces on display:

  • Lisa Acker (director of counseling) – Watercolor painting
  • Rita Baragona (co-director of the Romano Gallery)  – Painting
  • Tim Devaney (language teacher) – Photography
  • Erika Croat (academic office administrative assistant) - Hand-painted mandalas
  • Keenan Friend (math teacher) – Photography
  • Rod Gerdsen (science teacher)  – Chainsaw wood & rock sculpture
  • Sonia Hanson (spring play director) – Painted silk scarves
  • Robert Hanson (video studies teacher)  – Timelapses, photography & painting
  • Joyce Lang (language department chair)  – Photography
  • Andrea Magat-Molteni (former yearbook advisor)  – Macrame
  • Aimee Neary (director of children’s learning center)  – Photography
  • Shana Russell (associate dean of college counseling) – Photography
  • Kate Skeffington (library assistant)  – Hand dyed, woven shawls
  • Kate Sykes (fine arts department chair)  – Ceramic planters
  • Evan Thomas (fine arts teacher) – Painting, drawings & photography
  • Tyson Trish (fine arts teacher)  – Photography

Mrs. Skyes calls the show eclectic and notes how it demonstrates the artists’ personal, unique interests and thoughts.

“It is important for students to see that the love for being creative and making things can be a life-long pursuit,” Mrs. Sykes said. “Some people create just for fun or as a hobby, and others for the personal, intellectual challenges and problem solving that come from making art.”

股票解套要多久Mrs. Sykes also noted the example the art show can model for students, especially when it comes for making time for things you love. “We can show our devotion to art for our students, who see us often dominated by work and familial commitments,” Mrs. Sykes said. “This way, they can see that it is possible to find a balance in their lives and pursue what matters to them.”

To learn more about The Romano Gallery and the arts this year, visit missyhiphop.com/the-arts

Christina Tan Art Star

Ten Blair students received recognition for their visual artwork in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for the northern New Jersey art region. Students submitted their artwork to the Montclair Art Museum (MAM), one of 100 affiliate partners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and a panel of professional artists judged it. Dylan Bentley ’22, Kate Gerdsen ’20 and Xiaopei Chen ’21 received Gold Key awards, and their artwork will be displayed in MAM’s Scholastic Art Award exhibition from February 15 to March 22.

Established in 1923 and presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing creative accomplishments of students in grades seven through 12. In addition to Dylan, Kate and Xiaopei, the following Blair students also received recognition in this year’s contest: Christina Tan ’21 (honorable mention), Alice Hwang ’22 (honorable mention), Will Thomas ’22 (one Silver Key, two honorable mentions), Sofia Ciminello ’22 (honorable mention), George Gan ’22 (one Silver Key, two honorable mention), Ava Nothstine ’21 (honorable mention), and Emma Swirbul ’21股票解套要多久 (Silver Key, honorable mention). View their award-winning artwork by clicking “play” below.

Students Bring the Best of Blair to St. Jude Children’s Hospital

股票解套要多久Over winter long weekend, a group of 10 Blair students, faculty and staff traveled to Memphis, Tennessee, where they connected with children being treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Over the course of five days, student volunteers served families breakfast, lunch and dinner, organized games and crafting activities, and spent time learning about the hospital and the research being conducted there. 

Among the biggest takeaways for everyone involved is how much illness can affect entire families, but the students were gratified to see how their small efforts impacted those they served even in the most difficult of circumstances. “It was so special to meet all of the kids and families and see how much we can help out by doing small things,” said Emma Swirbul ’21.股票解套要多久 “All the kids were so happy and always smiling, no matter what was going on in their lives, and it was so rewarding to help out.” 

股票解套要多久Chaperones Tara Parker and Colleen McNulty were impressed by the maturity, compassion, empathy and kindness Blair students showed to every family they met. “These are teenagers who had many options for how they could spend their long weekend, and this group chose to serve others,” said Mrs. Parker, director of Blair health services. “One family whose child was undergoing treatment for several weeks noted that many groups volunteer at the hospital, but Blair students were very engaging with the children.”

Although not all patients were accustomed to spending time with teenage volunteers, they relished the opportunity to get acquainted with Blair students. “I had a lot of fun getting to know one of the little girls and her mom, hearing their story and what is going on in their lives,” said Mollie Sysler ’21. “It was really inspiring and special that they felt they could talk to me.”

Campbell Craig ’21 also found that patients’ excitement about connecting with her was what made the program special. “Making crafts with children gave you a different perspective on how they live their lives and how this little gesture makes such a difference in their day,” she said. “I worked with a little boy, and he was really shy at first, but I got to know his interests and what he likes to do. We ended up playing catch with him and his friend. It was really a great experience.”

The group was also moved by each family’s gratitude, resilience and ability to remain positive. “I really saw the Blair community come through when we were doing our service,” said Mrs. McNulty, who works in Blair’s advancement office as director of annual giving. “Our students put the empathy, kindness and care they learn at Blair to work as we were serving as a team. Seeing the camaraderie that immediately formed among students who didn’t know each other well at the trip’s outset was inspiring, and kids left with new friends and lifelong memories. ”

Everyone also enjoyed spending time with McKenziee Belton ’16股票解套要多久, a longtime St. Jude advocate who organized Blair’s first service trip to the world-renowned research hospital in 2015. Now a senior at Temple University who plans to become a pediatrician, McKenziee regularly volunteers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She and her mother, Lori, flew in to join the Blair group, provided many of the materials for crafts and other activities, and, according to the chaperones, ran the group’s itinerary like a “well-oiled machine.”

“This was such a meaningful experience for the students who participated,” Mrs. Parker said. “It was very sweet to watch when patients smiled, forgot about being sick and were just children for a few hours. We experienced many emotions on this trip and learned what a gift it is to offer your time in service to others.”

股票解套要多久In addition to volunteering at St. Jude and Ronald McDonald House and touring the facilities, the group learned more about the hospital, which is funded entirely by donations. They also explored Memphis attractions, including Graceland, Sun Studios, Beale Street and the Civil Rights Museum before flying back to New Jersey.

Blair Buccaneer

Blair’s boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams traveled to The Hill School to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) tournament on February 8 and 9, and both teams won their respective championships.

A New Milestone for Girls’ Basketball

The varsity girls’ team achieved a new milestone on February 9, as it earned its 10th-consecutive MAPL championship with a 79-47 win over Lawrenceville. This game was never too big for the Bucs, as the girls opened with a 22-4 first-quarter score. Blair maintained a double-digit lead throughout the game.

Dominque Darius ’21 never took her foot off the gas pedal, scoring 25 points from all over the floor. Tabitha Amanze ’22股票解套要多久 was a force to be reckoned with in the paint, where she scored 15 points. 

“Obviously, we have a very talented group of individuals, but I am more impressed with the selfless attitude they all took toward improving the team,” said Quint Clarke ‘87, Blair head girls’ basketball coach. “While each player was driven toward individual growth, they were equally committed to our team goals and took genuine pleasure in the success of others.”

The Bucs compete next in the NJISAA prep “A” state semifinals on February 17 at Blair Academy.

Boys’ Basketball Earns a “Three-peat”

The varsity boys had one mission in their game on February 9—avenge their eight-point loss to Hill from earlier this season. Blair did just that, defeating the Blues 61-51 in the 2020 MAPL championship game and earning its third title in a row.

The beginning of the game was rocky, as Blair trailed at the end of the first quarter 7-14. At halftime, the Bucs were down 20-21. 

But adversity would not stop this gritty squad, as the team rallied to end the third quarter up 39-33. Jaylen Blakes ’21 came through at the free throw line in the fourth, scoring 15 of his 18 points. He went 9-10 from the line. Luke Kolaja ’20 hit clutch threes down the stretch, adding 13 points, and Michael O’Connell ’20股票解套要多久 remained a calming presence on the floor, chipping in 12 points.

“This weekend will go down as one of the most hard-fought MAPL championships we have won here, as we had to do it versus an elite team that had beaten us earlier in the year on their home court,” said Joe Mantegna, Blair head boys’ basketball coach. “The resilience and poise our squad showed in a hostile environment proved to be the difference. I couldn't be more proud of this group. That said, we still have work to do.”

股票解套要多久This marks a “three-peat” for the boys’ basketball program, as well as their 12th overall MAPL title.

The varsity boys’ team plays again on February 17 in the NJISAA prep “A” state semifinals at Blair Academy.

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Mike Vaccaro Skeptics

Sports fans didn't want to miss Skeptics on February 11, when award-winning sportswriter Mike Vaccaro joined the Blair community in the Chiang-Elghanayan Center for Innovation and Collaboration. The lead sports columnist for The New York Post since 2002, Mr. Vaccaro discussed “Recent Issues in Sports,” beginning at 7 p.m.

Mr. Vaccaro, a journalism graduate of St. Bonaventure University, began his sports writing career in 1989 at the Olean Times Herald, where his primary beat was St. Bonaventure University basketball. Hired at the Northwest Arkansas Times two years later, he was, at the time, the youngest sports editor of a daily newspaper in the U.S. Mr. Vaccaro’s career continued at the Middletown Times Herald-Record, Kansas City Star and The Star-Ledger before he landed his current role at The New York Post

Winner of more than 50 major journalism awards, Mr. Vaccaro has been cited for distinguished writing by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He is the author of two books, Emperors and Idiots: The Hundred Year Rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox, from the Very Beginning to the End of the Curse and 1941—The Greatest Year in Sports: Two Baseball Legends, Two Boxing Champs, and the Unstoppable Thoroughbred Who Made History in the Shadow of War

Mr. Vaccaro touched on a range of issues at Skeptics, including the fact that sports—once considered a diversion—are now permanently ingrained in society’s fabric. “The sports department used to be called the ‘toy department’ of a newspaper, but now sports are every bit as relevant to societal causes as anything else,” Mr. Vaccaro said. “Women’s equity, drugs, depression, money, you name it, are all part of sports today.”

The History of Skeptics

股票解套要多久The Society of Skeptics was established as a forum for students and faculty to discuss and debate important global issues; it has grown to become one of the premier high school lecture series in the United States. Each week, speakers from the political, social, scientific, economic and literary arenas share their unique perspectives with students, who are encouraged to engage with presenters, asking questions and debating points of view.

The program was an outgrowth of the Blair International Society, begun in 1937. Forty years later, former history department chair Elliott Trommald, PhD, Hon.’65, established the modern Skeptics program as a regular forum for student discussion and debate; history teacher Martin Miller, PhD, took over in the mid-1980s and molded the program into a weekly lecture series, one that has since continued without interruption. Under the tutelage of Dr. Miller, Skeptics has featured a wide variety of speakers who are engaging, accomplished in their respective fields and often controversial. For a listing of upcoming Skeptics programs, please click here.