On July 7, Ruthie Spencer '22 will be competing in the 2021 National Irish Dance Championships in Phoenix, AZ. This event brings dancers from all over North America; to qualify for Nationals, dancers must have reached Open championship level, the highest level of Irish dance. Ruthie entered Open Championships in October of 2019 after placing first overall (combined score of three judges in hard and soft shoe) at two separate feiseanna (gaeilc for competitions). Nationals is also a world qualifying event, think Olympic trials, with the top dancers competing to qualify for the World Championship competition, held in April 2022 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ruthie has been Irish step dancing since the age of seven and is currently a member of the Cassin Academy of Irish Dance in West Springfield, MA. Cassin Academy will be sending ten dancers to compete in Nationals this year. Ruthie first qualified for the 2020 Nationals in Nashville; however, that event was cancelled due to COVID, so this will be her first Nationals competition. Good luck and Slainte to Ruthie!
Perfection complete. On Saturday, May 22, the Deerfield boys lacrosse team accomplished their perfect season by defeating Belmont Hill on the road, cementing their historic 2021 season with a 12-0 record and No. 1 national ranking according to Inside Lacrosse.
Growing up in Western Massachusetts, Juliette Lowe ’21 has been involved with community meal programs addressing local food insecurity for a while. Inspired by these experiences, Juliette started an initiative called Nobody Goes Hungry. Recognizing that many food pantries and meal programs may have a greater need during this pandemic, she has collected donations to put together bags of long lasting, sustainable, and healthy food for those in need. Juliette is distributing these meals at 192-200 Main Street in Greenfield on Fridays. You can contribute to her efforts at https://www.gofundme.com/f/nobody-goes-hungry.
Deerfield students Mark Chung ’21, Gabriella Hu ’21, Harry Niles ’21, Angela Osei-Ampadu ’21, and Eric Wang ’21 have teamed up to form Shielding Our Defenders: an organization that is sourcing and suppling medical-grade masks to New York City hospitals. The students have solicited donations to purchase masks and donated them to various hospitals in the US. So far, they have shipped over 1,320 FDA-approved masks to Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx and NYU Langone. Their efforts were featured on Bronx News 12 yesterday. Bravo Mark, Gabriella, Harry, Angie, and Eric!
Learn more and support this initiative at https://www.shieldingourdefenders.org and follow on Instagram @shieldingourdefenders.
In the face of the global health crisis, Bayard Winthrop '87, founder and CEO of U.S. textile and garment company American Giant, has pivoted manufacturing at two of the company's North Carolina plants to address the critical shortage of surgical masks.
American Giant is a San Francisco-based manufacturer of sportswear and casual clothing that sells directly to customers through its website. Its goods are all produced in the United States.
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