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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Green Initiatives at the Physical Plant

Deerfield Academy is a campus that seems to bleed green not only at sporting events, in our art studios and on the stage, but also in our attempts to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The newer buildings on campus, such as Harold Smith, New Dorm and the Hess Center are all designed ...

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: No Midterm Grades For Freshmen

Recently, the Deerfield 9/10 Committee—a task force focused on shaping an academic approach more appropriate for ninth and tenth graders, particularly the former— proposed a rubric-based grade for all incoming freshmen. In other words, the Class of 2018 did not receive numerical midterm grades ...

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Ticket to Ride Game Review

Mr. Keller has also written reviews about Dixit and Settlers of Catan. In most board games that pit players against each other, it is natural to study the decisions of other players to gauge their strategies. In Ticket to Ride, you often won’t know your opponents’ strategies or what their goals ...

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Artist of the Issue: Zibo Gao

Zibo Gao ’15 “Music for me is all about the connection,” remarked Zibo Gao ’15. “I just feel the music really well. I can tell what the music wants to say.” Gao has been studying classical violin since he was five. Although his parents encouraged his music career, Gao’s drive ...

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Motive: 23 Art Individuals by Shaun Wang

After growing up in China with two famous artists as parents, Shaun Wang ’15 published a book, Motive: 23 Art Individuals, in both English and Chinese last August. The book covers the interviews of 23 widely respected Chinese artists. Initially, Wang’s purpose was to “focus on the attitudes ...

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Zz Salvador at Hotchkiss

On October 11, Xavier “Zz” Salvador ’14 returned to Deerfield Academy not just as an alumnus, but also as a new postgraduate member of the Hotchkiss varsity soccer team, gearing up for a match against his former team. Despite excellent play by both teams, Hotchkiss proved to be a formidable ...

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Mr. Stallings: Poetic License

“Poetry wasn’t my first choice,” said Andy Stallings, this year’s Wilson Fellow and new English teacher at Deerfield, whose book of poetry, To the Heart of the World, was published this fall. Stallings, who previously taught at Tulane University, was a musician learning to write lyrics when ...

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Athletic Training: An Examination

As athletic trainers, Kate Bergeron and Robert Graves have never had to deal with a catastrophic case during their time at Deerfield. But should such a situation occur, both are well prepared. “In order to become an athletic trainer,” Ms. Bergeron said, “you must go through four years of ...

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Celebrating Norm’s 40th Year

In the fall of 1974, Norman Therien—now better known as Norm—walked into the Athletic Department office for the first time. At 19, he was the youngest person to ever hold the job; since then, he has played an active and irreplaceable role at Deerfield Academy. These days, from the minute Norm ...

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Artist of the Issue: Taro Jones

At this year’s opening School Meeting, Taro Jones ’16 received a rousing standing ovation for his solo dance performance. Jones, a new junior from Kingston, Jamaica, and a member of the advanced dance ensemble, has excited the community with his talent. Jones started dancing at age three. He ...

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