December 19, 2013
As wide and diverse as the co- curricular options may be, there are always those few students whose passions and ambitions cannot be satisfied by what’s offered. Sophie Michaels ’16 has had a passion for horseback riding since she was four years old, but Deerfield Academy does not offer it as a co-curricular option.
“I love horseback riding because it’s a sport that constantly pushes me to improve and set goals for myself,” said Michaels. “I also love the relationship between the horse and rider and how much it can affect the extent of achievement.”
As she got older, Michaels began pursuing her passion through competition, and she now competes in several events. In the junior hunters she must be “even and smooth,” and she and her horse are judged on how we…
December 18, 2013
This past fall, the Archery Club hosted Deerfield’s first-ever school-wide archery competition. During the event, nine entrants shot at different-sized targets placed at varying distances from the archer.
Asu Bilirgen ‘14, the club’s president, took home the trophy herself with an impressive last bonus shot into a pumpkin 30 yards away.
Bilirgen counted the competition as a success, but not just because she won. She thought everybody really enjoyed themselves, explaining, “It was a lot of fun. Everybody loves the competition!”
The Archery Club met outside of Harold Smith or on the Lower Levels. on most Sundays for one hour this fall to hone their shooting skills outside.
Bilirgen stressed the range of experiences at the club. She said, archery is “not to…
December 18, 2013
Scroll: When and why did you start playing basketball?
JH: I tried out for my first AAU team in fourth grade and played with the same team until I graduated high school. AAU— Amateur Athletic Union—is a travel basketball team that consists of players from all over the state, and competes against other teams from the state or outside the state. I started playing because my dad and older brother, Michael, are basketball fanatics, and I guess I wanted in.
Scroll: What is your favorite basketball memory?
JH: My favorite basketball memory was a game against Pomfret last year. It was a huge upset because Pomfret had only lost two games before playing us (St. George’s). We were ranked ninth seed while they were ranked number one, and we ended up beating them by 20.
December 18, 2013
“School spirit is something that completely distinguishes Deerfield from peer schools and even colleges. There are not many institutions that have as much prominent school pride as Deerfield. However, there has been a visible decline in this spirit. Students aren’t getting rowdy at school meetings, people skip dances, and there are a lot of teams that go unsupported. This poses the question, are we really the rowdy Deerfield we say we are?”
- Maggie Shilling ’14.
In recent years, many have noted a shift in the importance placed on school spirit. Although we continue to uphold school traditions such as Choate Day, more and more it seems that pride for Deerfield does not serve as a unifying force in our community, but as a topic of apathy, confusion and conflict. In…
December 8, 2013Hailey Nuthals ’14 competes in a sport that some consider to be merely a leisurely summertime activity: waterskiing. Her talent can be easily overlooked because the sport is not offered as a co-curricular at Deerfield, but she and her team have been competitively ranked in statewide competitions over the past couple of years.
At age 10, Nuthals learned to water-ski from her father at her grandparents’ house on Big Hills Lake in Wild Rose, Wisconsin. She immediately took to the sport. “I’ve always loved water sports and have been able to swim since before I can remember,” she said.
Nuthals’ love for the thrill of waterskiing soon led her to develop unusual ability in the sport and also led into the realm of serious competition.
“Most people see as an…
December 8, 2013
On January 25, 2011, the world watched as Egyptians demanded the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in Tahrir Square. On June 30, 2012, the first democratically elected Egyptian head of state, Mohamed Morsi, was sworn into office.
As Morsi granted himself sweeping political powers and no longer seemed to be a symbol of democracy, the people again demanded change. A month after the one-year anniversary of Morsi’s swearing- in, the military staged a military coup and established an interim government.
New presidential elections will take place in 2014, but until then, the internal turmoil in Egypt will continue.
Sam Khalifa ’14 has seen firsthand much of the change that has swept across Egypt. Now he offers the Deerfield community his reflections on the last three turbulent ye…
December 8, 2013
A participant in the 2013 Junior Olympics in Orange County, California, and an aspiring Division I athlete, Conor Sullivan ’15 has contributed significantly to the Deerfield varsity water polo team’s success. He made the varsity squad as a freshman, the same squad that went on to win the 2011 New England Championships. In the championship game against Exeter, Conor scored two goals, and Deerfield brought home the gold, winning 10-9.
Conor started playing water polo at the Eaglebrook School when he was 12. “I didn’t have a fall sport at the time, and my dad said if I played soccer he wouldn’t come to any of my games,” said Conor, “so I decided to give water polo a shot.” Ever since, he has been regularly attending water polo camps, including the ones at Harvar…
November 17, 20131. It is completely legal to tackle someone by the hair. Also, if someone’s hair touches the ground he is considered down.
2. A team can kick multiple field goals on a single drive, as long as the other team does not acquire possession.
3. If the ball is hiked through the quarterback’s legs, it is a false start on the center, not a fumble. This is only in effect if a quarterback does not touch the ball.
4. Immediately following the fair catch, a team may choose to take a fair kick. This is when they may attempt a field goal, for 3 points, without pressure from opposing teams.
5. If a team does not send the appropriate number of players to the toss, a team may automatically lose the coin toss and be penalized for delay of game.
6. A team may be awarded a second chance…
November 17, 2013While universities primarily prioritize academic aptitude, sports are also an important aspect of college admissions. Athletic liaisons, admissions officers who work with recruited athletes, play a significant role in the placement process. Interested coaches will often pursue players early in their high school careers, eager to bolster teams. How do recruited athletes’ application experiences differ from the admissions process for other candidates?
College advisor Beth Bishop said recruited athletes are “tremendously advantaged.” Schools come to them, she said: these seniors don’t have to cope with undue concern stress through most of their twelfth grade, often committing before or during senior fall.
She acknowledges, however, that those who commit early to college do not e…
November 6, 2013
Conor started playing water polo at the Eaglebrook School when he was 12. “I didn’t have a fall sport at the time, and my dad said if I played soccer he wouldn’t come to any of my games,” said Conor, “so I decided to give water polo a shot.” Ever since, he has been regularly attending water polo camps, including the ones at Harvard and Brown.
During his ninth-grade year at Eaglebrook, in his final game against Deerfield, Conor scored 10 goals against Deerfield’s JV team, and Eaglebrook emerged victorious, winning 12–10. “It was the only time in my four years at Eaglebrook that we had won against Deerfield,” said Conor. At the end of the season, Conor had scored 68 goals in the 8-game season, shattering the previous record of around 45 goals.
“In a typical ga…