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Volume 45, Issue 3 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2015</strong><br />

Manlius Pebble Hill School<br />

Special Report<br />

By Deb Han and Jenae Butler<br />

From Crisis<br />

to Community<br />

On a cold February morning,<br />

MPH students saw Abigail Hodge<br />

walking around school with pink and<br />

lavender hair. The next day, another<br />

head, belonging to Sophie May, could<br />

be seen floating above the hallway<br />

crowds, her hair pigmented bright,<br />

mermaid blue.<br />

The school community was shocked,<br />

yet excited, by the blatant breach<br />

of dress code. Rumors of expulsion<br />

threats and comments of the pair “going<br />

too far” spread across the school.<br />

The girls knew they would get the<br />

dress-code speech and ensuing punishment<br />

-- a loss of free blocks -- but they<br />

didn’t care. Their hair color carried a<br />

message to MPH administrators: Keep<br />

your promises. Because of a drastic<br />

budget crisis suddenly facing the<br />

school, the pair stood to lose a scholarship<br />

that had been promised to them<br />

until graduation.<br />

Many members of the MPH community<br />

shared this feeling of anger and<br />

betrayal when news of the school’s<br />

financial crisis broke to the public on<br />

Dec. 19, 2014, the day before December<br />

break.<br />

This statement from the board of<br />

trustees, sent out in an email to parents<br />

of students, detailed an unsustainable<br />

funding gap caused, in part, by the<br />

excessive distribution of merit- based<br />

scholarships and a steady enrollment<br />

decline. The school announced it needed<br />

to raise $3 million in order to open<br />

in the fall.<br />

Members of the MPH community<br />

have been riding an emotional roller<br />

coaster since that December day when<br />

the news first broke. Information<br />

changed almost daily and now, the<br />

projections have become much less<br />

dire. Debt relief from the bank guaranteed<br />

the school’s re-opening and a<br />

swift fundraising campaign helped<br />

cover costs and salvage a compromise<br />

on those scholarships once thought<br />

gone. Though painful cuts and losses<br />

will still be felt, the very worst has been<br />

avoided.<br />

“Projecting a worst case scenario was<br />

necessary for recovery,” said Interim<br />

Head of School James Dunaway, “but<br />

I never believed that we would end up<br />

there next year. I am optimistic that,<br />

with strategic and aggressive marketing,<br />

MPH will, within a very few years,<br />

attain its optimal size and program.”<br />

The December statement announced<br />

plans for a financial agenda known<br />

as The Way Forward, in which there<br />

would be staff and scholarship cuts,<br />

as well as a tuition increase, in order<br />

to bridge the gap between the deficits<br />

and necessary operating costs for the<br />

future.<br />

As part of that initial plan, now<br />

called MPH First, Hodge and May<br />

were just two of many students who<br />

stood to have their Crosby Scholarships<br />

revoked for the coming school<br />

year. Crosby Scholarships were merit<br />

scholarships that had been previously<br />

awarded to students who demonstrated<br />

exceptional capability in academics,<br />

performing arts or athletics.<br />

Fomer Head of School Scott Wiggins<br />

said that only 184 of the 422 students<br />

currently attending MPH are full<br />

pay, meaning that the rest of the students<br />

are on scholarship, financial aid,<br />

or both. Crosby scholarships were one<br />

“I feel really connected to the school.”<br />

- Jack Hogan, fifth-grader<br />

of the mechanisms MPH offered to recruit<br />

students with diverse talents in the<br />

Syracuse area. Wiggins said in February<br />

that he was extremely regretful of<br />

the entire situation.<br />

“I’m very sad those kids are gonna<br />

leave, and I’m very sorry that we’ve<br />

started down this path with them,” he<br />

said in an interview with The Rolling<br />

Stone on Feb. 5.<br />

So when Hodge, a junior, thought<br />

her scholarship was not going to be<br />

renewed for the next school year, she<br />

knew the prospects of her return were<br />

slim.<br />

“There was a lot of uncertainty as<br />

to whether or not I would be coming<br />

back next year,” Hodge said, “which<br />

was really, really stressful, especially<br />

since next year is my senior year.”<br />

May, who is also a junior and a<br />

Crosby scholar, decided to dye her hair<br />

to support Hodge’s message.<br />

“When I decided to join her in doing<br />

it,” May said, “it was both me deciding<br />

I wanted to support her and what she<br />

was doing and deciding that I wanted<br />

Photo by Maddy Rieks<br />

to be supportive of the other members<br />

of the community who were being affected<br />

by the way the financial situation<br />

was changing at MPH.”<br />

May said their acts of civil disobedience<br />

weren’t meant to point fingers.<br />

Rather, it was a way to express their<br />

discontent with the crisis. The pair<br />

planned to dye their hair back to their<br />

original colors in <strong>March</strong> after they<br />

learned that a Crosby compromise had<br />

been met. The school has been able to<br />

maintain scholarship aid for all Crosby<br />

families who demonstrate need, according<br />

to the MPH First web site.<br />

Taking a stand was just one of the<br />

varied reactions of the MPH student<br />

body and community.<br />

For some, The Way Forward was<br />

all they could think about. Students<br />

dominated full 80-minute classes with<br />

debates and rants about the plan and<br />

the effects it would have on the place<br />

many of them called home.<br />

Teachers, worn out from meetings,<br />

planning, and the sheer emotional<br />

chaos, found it difficult to teach in the<br />

more volatile classroom environment.<br />

Because of the ever-changing nature<br />

of the plans, not only were students<br />

and faculty constantly seeking out the<br />

newest information, but they also had<br />

something new to discuss every day.<br />

Now, three months after the first<br />

shocking announcement, there have<br />

been major changes at the school. A<br />

new Interim Head of School was hired<br />

on Feb. 23. Dunaway is the father of<br />

an 11th grade student and the previous<br />

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2 Commentary Students 3<br />

Ten years ago, the vegetables<br />

on your plate at the Arad Evans<br />

Inn in Fayetteville may have come<br />

from as far away as California. Now,<br />

when you sit down to a meal there,<br />

most of the produce comes from no<br />

farther away than Ithaca.<br />

Though the restaurant would use local<br />

food in the past, Head Chef Aaron<br />

Ames helped spearhead the shift to almost<br />

exclusively use homegrown foods<br />

and local products in 2011.<br />

“I would rather spend money on a<br />

local business in Syracuse and put that<br />

money back into the community than<br />

buy something from California or Oregon<br />

or Texas,” Ames said. “I would<br />

much rather put the money back in and<br />

do ‘My local, Buy local.’ It helps the<br />

farmer in town, which helps the town.<br />

Our money and tax dollars shouldn’t go<br />

to help someone in a different state. We<br />

need to help ourselves before we help<br />

anyone else.”<br />

And there’s more: “The products are<br />

so much fresher,” he said.<br />

In the past 10 to 15 years, the use of<br />

locally-grown foods has been becoming<br />

more popular among consumers and in<br />

restaurants, known as the Farm to Table<br />

movement.<br />

Ames uses as much local produce,<br />

meat and products as he can, and changes<br />

his menu monthly based on what’s<br />

Editor<br />

Debora Han<br />

Art Director<br />

Maddy Rieks<br />

Sports Editor<br />

Dan Albanese<br />

Advice Columnist<br />

Jenae Butler<br />

Staff Writers<br />

Chenoa Baker<br />

Anna Barnard<br />

Fiona Cardamone<br />

Kate Marshall<br />

Suzannah Peckham<br />

Cady Ridall<br />

Sarah Smith<br />

Advisor<br />

Jeanne Albanese<br />

The Rolling Stone<br />

Manlius Pebble Hill School<br />

5300 Jamesville Road<br />

Dewitt, New York, 13214<br />

Hungry for Home Grown<br />

From farm to table, fresh fruits and vegetables are making bigger and bolder appearances across the country<br />

available. Using local ingredients supports<br />

the local economy, reduces the carbon<br />

footprint and allows him to use the<br />

freshest ingredients possible. Though it<br />

costs less to transport local products, the<br />

products themselves, since they come<br />

The Big Picture<br />

from small farms, are actually more expensive.<br />

It is also a challenge to design a<br />

menu around what’s available. To Ames,<br />

however, it’s worth it.<br />

“There is a demand for local and<br />

people wanting to support the community,”<br />

he said. “It has been very nice as I<br />

have pushed to do more, people have responded<br />

well and now we are very well<br />

known in the area as a place that does a<br />

lot of local.”<br />

While more restaurants are using<br />

locally-grown food, consumption of organic<br />

foods has also risen as consumers<br />

Photo by Maddy Rieks<br />

have become more aware of the potential<br />

health risks of processed foods and<br />

pesticides.<br />

According to the company website,<br />

Wegmans began moving toward more<br />

organic products in 2007. For example,<br />

Wegmans now carries 3,000 organic<br />

products, and has its own organic farm<br />

Chess [ches] noun: a game for 2 players each of whom<br />

moves 16 pieces according to fixed rules across a checkerboard<br />

and tries to checkmate the opponent’s king.<br />

Chess is a well-known game that has been played for<br />

centuries, originating from India around 2,000 years ago.<br />

Since then, the game and its rules have traveled around<br />

the globe, city to city, village to village, person to person,<br />

and, in this instance, teacher to student.<br />

“Mr. Leclercq had put a couple of chess boards in the<br />

lounge and everyone was playing, and then a lot of people<br />

were like, ‘We should have a chess tournament,’ and everyone<br />

had that same feeling so I just did it one day,” said<br />

Ini Oguntola, a senior.<br />

The idea of a tournament quickly became popular, so<br />

Oguntola set up a website that would rank players and<br />

chronicle the games. The tournament began with 36 participants<br />

before Christmas break, and has since dwindled<br />

down to the sole victor, Marcus Johnson, a freshman at<br />

Check Mates<br />

By Suzannah Peckham<br />

called the Wegmans Organics Farm,<br />

which is located in Canandaigua. There,<br />

the company grows strawberries, leaf<br />

lettuce, cucumbers, corn and other produce.<br />

Local organic farmer Brian Luton,<br />

who owns Stones Throw Farm on<br />

Onondaga Hill, said the availability of<br />

organic food in local and chain grocery<br />

stores as well as restaurants continues to<br />

expand based on consumer interest.<br />

Luton said post-harvest handling of<br />

produce, whether it is shipping locally<br />

or farther away, is crucial to the quality<br />

of the produce and has improved greatly.<br />

Luton markets all of his produce locally<br />

with a CSA, or Community Supported<br />

Agriculture. That means local customers<br />

pay a set fee for a share of Luton’s<br />

produce each week during a set growing<br />

season.<br />

“We strive to support our community<br />

of local eaters as best we can,” he<br />

said. “Marketing locally is important to<br />

us from the standpoint of business and<br />

community values, as much as it is economic<br />

ones.”<br />

Organic and farm-fresh foods are<br />

becoming so integrated into our lives<br />

that sometimes we don’t even realize<br />

it anymore. From the farm to the table,<br />

these foods are becoming more and<br />

more popular, and organic foods are a<br />

big trend.<br />

Are you going to join the movement?<br />

MPH senior starts first chess tournament<br />

MPH.<br />

By Sarah Smith<br />

Photo by Maddy Rieks<br />

By TK<br />

Aside from the tournament-style ranking, points from<br />

each game are put into Oguntola’s modified version of the<br />

Elo rating system, which is used in official chess tournaments.<br />

The Elo rating system was created by Hungarian<br />

physics professor Arpad Elo to provide a normal distribution<br />

of points in chess tournaments.<br />

“Everybody starts out with 100 points,” Oguntola said<br />

on the tournament web site. “Beat someone, and your<br />

rating goes up; lose, and it goes down. If you draw, your<br />

rating stays mostly the same. … Basically the higher your<br />

rating is, the more you have to lose.”<br />

Games were played during lunch, free blocks, during<br />

school, after school and sometimes before school.<br />

“[We play] whenever we get a chance,” Johnson said.<br />

And, yes, there is a prize for winning the tournament,<br />

Johnson said.<br />

“Fame, fortune, wait, no,” he said. “Fortune is com-<br />

Just Ask<br />

Jenae<br />

By Alexus Martin<br />

Q:<br />

Dear Jenae:<br />

I got into<br />

college! That’s<br />

great, though<br />

now I have zero<br />

motivation in<br />

school. What<br />

should I do to<br />

kick my lazy butt<br />

into gear?<br />

Selfies<br />

The Don-asty<br />

Family has always<br />

been the No. 1 priority to my<br />

parents. They always remind<br />

me that, when all else fails,<br />

your family will always be<br />

there for you. As I’ve grown<br />

up, I’ve come to the realization<br />

that my parents are right.<br />

No matter what I go through,<br />

my family is always there<br />

to support me. The same<br />

goes for my MPH family, of<br />

which my dad is also an integral<br />

part.<br />

“MPH has been like an extended<br />

family to me,” said my<br />

dad, known to everyone here<br />

as Coach Don Ridall.<br />

My father has worked at<br />

Manlius Pebble Hill for 39<br />

years. This school is his second<br />

home. He is currently<br />

the school’s athletic director,<br />

a gym teacher, boy’s varsity<br />

soccer coach and assistant<br />

golf coach. He has a positive<br />

attitude, a good sense of<br />

community, and most importantly,<br />

love for everyone<br />

around him.<br />

MPH is a safe environment,<br />

where students can<br />

be themselves. However, no<br />

school is perfect. If any of<br />

my friends or I are having a<br />

tough day and need to escape<br />

from the social scene, my<br />

dad always allows us to hang<br />

Senioritis - The Deadliest Disease<br />

Dear Sluggish,<br />

Oh, no. It can’t be! Listen, I don’t want to alarm you, but it seems<br />

you’ve fallen victim to a disease sweeping the nation: Senioritis!<br />

Senioritis is defined, by the ever-knowledgeable Urban Dictionary,<br />

as “a crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms<br />

include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants,<br />

old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also<br />

features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive<br />

attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as<br />

Graduation.”<br />

So, from what you’ve told me, you’ve got a textbook case of Senioritis.<br />

But don’t worry, it’s completely normal! After months, and<br />

maybe years, of preparing for college, taking exams and filling out<br />

countless forms, it’s only natural that once your applications have<br />

been submitted, your mind and body want to take a well-deserved<br />

rest.<br />

The problem arises when you realize that though your collegeapplication<br />

journey has ended, high school is still going on. Teachers<br />

have lesson plans, AP exams need to be prepared for, and grades<br />

are – unfortunately – still a thing.<br />

Therefore, many seniors find themselves in the predicament<br />

you’re in: wanting to give up, but knowing they have to finish the<br />

year on a positive note. What should we do when we have the desire<br />

to perform but not the motivation?<br />

We can take a look at Mary Morocco, a senior who’s officially<br />

been in college since October. October! When she was accepted to<br />

the United States Naval Academy at the start of the school year,<br />

many people were shocked that she even continued to show up<br />

at school. But, Mary did continue to show up, and even continued<br />

to actively run the club she started in the previous year, the Patriot<br />

Club.<br />

out in his office during our<br />

lunches or free blocks.<br />

Admittedly, I’ve always<br />

been a daddy’s girl. We’ve always<br />

had a very special connection<br />

and I love spending<br />

time with him.<br />

Thanks to the accepting<br />

atmosphere at MPH, I don’t<br />

have to hide my close relationship<br />

with him. If I see<br />

him in the hallway, I never<br />

hesitate to run up and hug<br />

him and even ask for money<br />

so I can get a snack at the<br />

campus shop. He has been<br />

my gym teacher about five<br />

times and it was always an<br />

absolute blast. I’ve never felt<br />

embarrassed to go to a school<br />

where my dad works.<br />

This is probably bizarre<br />

to most teenagers at my age,<br />

but he simply doesn’t embarrass<br />

me. (This also might<br />

be because my dad is even<br />

more popular than I am with<br />

my friends.) Whenever my<br />

friends see him in the hallway<br />

they get so excited, and<br />

one of my closest friends<br />

even refers to him as “Papa.”<br />

I have never met anyone<br />

who loves their job as much<br />

as my father. Almost every<br />

morning, he wakes me up<br />

with a smile because he’s<br />

genuinely excited to go to<br />

work and see his “family.”<br />

Some of my fondest childhood<br />

memories include the<br />

annual back-to-school walk<br />

to MPH. Mr. Vural and his<br />

daughters, and Mrs. Layhew<br />

and her two daughters live in<br />

my neighborhood, less than<br />

a mile from school, and all<br />

eight of us would walk to<br />

school together.<br />

I have attended MPH<br />

since Pre-K (two years of it<br />

to be exact…coloring wasn’t<br />

my strong suit...) Since I was<br />

a Lower-School kid here, I<br />

think it’s very important to<br />

reach out to the younger kids<br />

to be a positive role model<br />

for them. Here, you can truly<br />

get to know everyone, and<br />

age doesn’t get in the way of<br />

friendship. It’s an indescribable<br />

feeling walking down the<br />

hallway and having a group<br />

of lower school students who<br />

know your name run up to<br />

hug you.<br />

Every other day, I have<br />

two free blocks at the same<br />

time my dad teaches a Lower-School<br />

gym class. If I don’t<br />

have too much work to do (or<br />

motivation to do my schoolwork)<br />

I go help him teach.<br />

In reality, I’m not much of<br />

a help though. I usually just<br />

run around and play tag<br />

games with the kids, which<br />

Though she maintains an active academic life, Mary still sometimes<br />

wants to be a bit lazy, because she is human. However, for the<br />

most part, Mary knows that consistency in work ethic is the key to<br />

beating Senioritis.<br />

“The way that you finish out this year is going to affect how your<br />

start your first semester of college,” Mary said.<br />

And if that’s not enough to motivate you, maybe this is: most<br />

universities can and will revoke your acceptance if you don’t graduate<br />

with grades comparable to the ones you had when they accepted<br />

you. So, if you’d like to overcome your Senioritis and not be diagnosed<br />

with Super Senioritis (read: repeating senior year), I suggest<br />

you hit those books!<br />

Best, Jenae<br />

MPH is our home away from home.<br />

gets them more riled up, and<br />

draws their attention away<br />

from my father’s instructions.<br />

But we are ALL his kids after<br />

all!<br />

I love that I have been<br />

raised by my father both at<br />

home and in school. The<br />

relationship my father and I<br />

have with MPH is something<br />

Illustration by Sarah Smith<br />

Story and photo by Cady Ridall<br />

so special and unique, and<br />

I’m so lucky to have spent<br />

my life here. MPH is an extraordinary<br />

community that<br />

genuinely feels like my home<br />

away from home.<br />

As Don Ridall said, “we’re<br />


4<br />

Feature Feature 5<br />

Test pressures continue to mount as students set high expectations<br />

It’s finally the big day. You’ve<br />

been preparing for these next couple<br />

hours for the past three months. You<br />

had a good night’s sleep and ate a<br />

good breakfast. What could possibly<br />

go wrong?<br />

Then, just when you feel the slightest<br />

bit of confidence, the anxiety creeps<br />

up and consumes you.<br />

This isn’t what I studied. I can’t breathe. I<br />

don’t feel smart. I’ll never accomplish anything.<br />

My whole future is in the hands of<br />

this exam.<br />

“Sometimes people think that if they<br />

fail one test, their whole high-school<br />

career is over, they’re the worst person<br />

in the world and they’re not going to<br />

get into the college of their choice,”<br />

said Joy Strickland, MPH’s Director<br />

of Counseling.<br />

Test anxiety can strike anyone, anywhere,<br />

anytime. Test anxiety has become<br />

more prevalent over the years,<br />

especially when students feel their performance<br />

can dictate so much of their<br />

future.<br />

With AP and final exam season fast<br />

approaching, understanding how to<br />

Pressure to Perform<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

deal with this form of stress is important.<br />

Some students feel that no<br />

amount of preparation and confidence<br />

can prevent them from feeling<br />

anxious. Others are confident in their<br />

preparation and knowledge.<br />

Experts say the first step in conquering<br />

and taming test anxiety is identifying<br />

the fact that it is an issue and that<br />

it’s normal. Preparation also plays a<br />

big role in the amount of anxiety experienced<br />

on test day.<br />

Strickland said she looks at how a<br />

student has prepared for the test. She<br />

suggests students study a little bit each<br />

day and says that preparing 20 minutes<br />

a day is better than studying one hour<br />

the night before a big exam.<br />

“A lot of times anxiety is based on<br />

not feeling prepared or just being overwhelmed<br />

by the subject matter,” she<br />

said.<br />

Learning how to prepare properly<br />

for specific types of exams is also key.<br />

The preparation process varies depending<br />

on the person and the exam.<br />

As students get older, they typically<br />

begin to find out what works best for<br />

them. Time wasted worrying could be<br />

used to study effectively.<br />

Strickland said re-reading doesn’t often<br />

work, and recommends methods<br />

that include eye-to-hand interaction,<br />

such as rewriting notes, creating flashcards,<br />

or using Quizlet on the computer.<br />

In addition to figuring out what works<br />

best for you when studying, making a<br />

plan for how to approach the test can<br />

also be helpful. For example, find out<br />

how to keep your mind focused on the<br />

task at hand and not worry about what<br />

questions you may be asked next, or<br />

what you don’t know. Often, staying<br />

positive during an examination can<br />

make all the difference and increase<br />

your confidence (and prevent secondguessing).<br />

Syracuse University Psychology Professor<br />

Tanya Eckert said that there are<br />

many ways that students and teachers<br />

can work together to reduce test<br />

anxiety. She recommends consulting<br />

the teacher and making alternative arrangements.<br />

Some possibilities include<br />

an alternative location or no time restraints<br />

if the student is worried about<br />

not finishing the exam. An additional<br />

factor that contributes to test anxiety<br />

is the weight that the exam may carry<br />

Tips For Success:<br />

By Kate Marshall<br />

or what the exam may ultimately determine.<br />

“I believe the pressures regarding test<br />

performance continue to mount, making<br />

more students worry about their<br />

test performance and subsequently increasing<br />

their anxiety,” Eckert said.<br />

Strickland said there are high demands<br />

on students today, and students<br />

at a small school like MPH, which<br />

has many top-caliber students, can put<br />

even more pressure on themselves to<br />

perform well. Pressure comes from<br />

parents as well.<br />

“There is a huge expectation that how<br />

you perform today will determine your<br />

future,” she said.<br />

The most important thing to keep in<br />

mind during the upcoming testing season<br />

is that one test will not completely<br />

determine your future or the student<br />

you have worked so hard to become.<br />

Sure, getting a perfect score, or reaching<br />

that 5 would be satisfying, but<br />

what you take away from the course<br />

and how much information you retain<br />

is what will matter more, regardless of<br />

whether or not your final score reflects<br />

that. So relax, breathe, pick up your<br />

pencil, and try your best.<br />

1. Remember to prepare ahead of time instead of cramming last minute.<br />

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether for a specific subject, or just a problem – there’s no shame in asking!<br />

3. Practice effective studying habits (avoid cell phone distraction/unproductive environments).<br />

4. Start a study group for those who are preparing for the same exam, peer interaction can help to make the<br />

studying process more fun!<br />

5. Allow your mistakes and failures to help you learn and grow in order to improve on your next exam.<br />

6. Remaining healthy and getting a good night’s sleep before the test is just as important as studying.<br />

Dean of Faculty at the Kinkaid<br />

School Kinkaid School in Houston.<br />

Changes have also been made on the<br />

Board of Trustees, after the resignation<br />

of the president, vice president and<br />

treasurer. Those positions have been<br />

filled by John Mezzalingua, Suzette<br />

Melendez and Jenny Hicks, respectively.<br />

The MPH First plan is truly doing<br />

just that--putting MPH first. Even<br />

those who strongly protested against<br />

the school at first, such as Hodge, feel<br />

that the school is on its way to fixing its<br />

problems.<br />

“I really do feel like the school is trying<br />

to work to make this program better<br />

for everybody,” she said.<br />

According to a message posted<br />

by Dunaway on the MPH First website<br />

on <strong>March</strong> 2, re-enrollment estimates<br />

were “30 percent ahead of the original<br />

Way Forward projection” at that point.<br />

This also means that the initial estimate<br />

of cutting 40 of the school’s 135<br />

staff members may decrease. Faculty<br />

and students alike are thrilled that the<br />

school may not lose as many faces as<br />

once thought.<br />

That’s because MPH’s future is not<br />

just about numbers and statistics. The<br />

future of Manlius Pebble Hill lies in<br />

the hearts of its students who have<br />

dedicated themselves to being part of<br />

the unique community that has formed<br />

from years of tradition and culture<br />

For students like fifth-grader Jack<br />

Hogan, that bond transcends generations.<br />

“This is my mom’s 19th year, this is<br />

my eighth year here,” said Hogan, son<br />

of Amy Hogan, an English teacher. “I<br />

feel really connected to the school.”<br />

That connection has driven the<br />

MPH student body to rally around their<br />

school and its staff to show their support.<br />

In January, the members of the<br />

National Honor Society set up a large<br />

array of snacks in the faculty lounge,<br />

with signs pledging love and support to<br />

the staff.<br />

“When you say we’re a community,<br />

things that help people feel appreciated<br />

and bring people closer together<br />

are important,” said Wiggins, who<br />

announced his resignation in January.<br />

“Those initiatives of putting a bunch<br />

of food into the faculty lounge really is<br />

very, very positive and I really appreciate<br />

it. It’s huge.”<br />

The junior and senior classes have<br />

been working nonstop to raise funds<br />

for scholarships, staff-severance packages,<br />

and operating costs for future<br />

years. Even Lower and Middle School<br />

students have chipped in, holding fundraisers<br />

like talent shows and dressdown<br />

days. These efforts have not gone<br />

unnoticed. The community has collectively<br />

raised more than $2 million.<br />

Sarah Chhablani, who is a new<br />

member of the Upper School history<br />

department this year, was especially<br />

impressed with the students’ selfless<br />

commitment.<br />

“The kids make it happen,”<br />

Chhablani said. “Everyone’s going to<br />

make mistakes, everybody’s going to<br />

have their bad aspects, but there are so<br />

many good people and when you’re<br />

surrounded by good people, you have a<br />

good thing going.”<br />

When you’re around good people<br />

with good hearts, you know you’re doing<br />

something right. For Ancient and<br />

United States History teacher Matthew<br />

Twomey-Smith, who has been teaching<br />

at MPH for four years, it’s those<br />

faces that matter most.<br />

“You grow accustomed to seeing<br />

people and you want to see those<br />

people again because that’s part of the<br />

experience you have,” Twomey-Smith<br />

said. “You want to see those faces,<br />

whether they’re student faces, whether<br />

they’re staff faces, whether they’re faculty<br />

faces.”<br />

Throughout this entire process, it’s<br />

the faces and relationships that have<br />

been formed at MPH that have made<br />

this process bearable.<br />

Fifth grader Gordie Means, son of<br />

MPH’s school counselor, Joy Strickland,<br />

said, “I think [my friends are] sort<br />

of glad that they could make connections<br />

with the other kids and that they<br />

don’t feel alone.”<br />

And that’s it. The friendships, the<br />

connections, and the interactions that<br />

make up the MPH experience have<br />

made it so that you never feel alone,<br />

no matter what crises the school goes<br />

through. The bonds formed between<br />

everyone involved in the Manlius Pebble<br />

Hill community have created a legacy<br />

of love, support and gratitude that<br />

will continue to be strengthened, and<br />

live on for years to come.<br />

It’s this love for MPH that allows<br />

Jack Hogan to look past just individual<br />

faces and look to MPH as a whole. He<br />

said that even if his mom didn’t work<br />

here next year, “I just want to at least<br />

keep it alive.”<br />

Our Way Foward<br />

Manlius Pebble Hill financial issues affect MPH community<br />

By Fiona Cardamone<br />

On the first day of school, all<br />

422 students and 68 faculty members<br />

gather in the cramped gym to listen<br />

to the heads of school welcome<br />

them into the new year. Then, one of<br />

MPH’s most special traditions begins:<br />

the handshake ceremony.<br />

Each senior’s name is announced<br />

as they walk outside to line up with<br />

the faculty on the sidewalk. Then,<br />

the rest of the students wait to take<br />

their turn to shake the hand of each<br />

faculty member and each senior. Faculty<br />

members greet students by name.<br />

Seniors hug their friends, from Pre-K<br />

through eleventh grade. The handshake<br />

ceremony represents a tight-knit<br />

community happy to be back together<br />

for yet another year at MPH.<br />

“When we do the handshake you’re<br />

literally looking at everybody in the<br />

eye, shaking their hands and almost<br />

making that pledge,” said English<br />

teacher Pat Bentley Hoke. “To say, ‘I’ll<br />

stand up for you, you stand up for me,<br />

we believe in each other, we support<br />

each other.’ I think that’s really important<br />

and I think that’s really unusual<br />

and significant.”<br />

Manlius Pebble Hill School is dealing<br />

with much uncertainty due to financial<br />

issues. Much confusion surrounds<br />

the specifics, but one certainty<br />

is that changes will occur. The school<br />

will open next year with fewer students<br />

and teachers. Even those who<br />

can return worry if the school can retain<br />

its feel, and if traditions like the<br />

handshake ceremony will have the<br />

same effect.<br />

“I just think that there will be fewer<br />

hands to shake and that might take<br />

away from it being such a strong MPH<br />

tradition, especially for the kids who<br />

will be walking through the line who<br />

know which faces are missing,” said<br />

senior Maura Colley.<br />

Many students at MPH have attended<br />

since Pre-K. They’re called “lifers.”<br />

Freshman Jamie Layhew is a lifer.<br />

Vicki Layhew, Jamie’s mother, has<br />

worked at MPH for 21 years, teaching<br />

fourth and fifth grade. Jamie is a<br />

talented dancer who has taken dance<br />

classes here since Pre-K. By watching<br />

Jamie perform in the student choreography<br />

concert, it is easy to see her<br />

talents highlighted by MPH’s great<br />

arts program. But Jamie Layhew isn’t<br />

going to be able to attend MPH next<br />

year, as the tuition for children of faculty<br />

members will increase. Currently,<br />

faculty members pay no tuition (only<br />

fees) for their children to attend; next<br />

year, that cost will rise to 25% of tuition<br />

(but no fees), and tuition overall<br />

is increasing. Layhew is one of many<br />

students who won’t return. After 11<br />

years at MPH, she’s going to a new<br />

school for the first time, most likely<br />

Jamesville DeWitt, she said.<br />

“It’s kinda scary leaving a school I’ve<br />

been at for eleven years and switching<br />

to a completely different school with a<br />

lot more people. I’m a little angry that<br />

it has to happen but there’s not much<br />

we can do right now,” she said.<br />

MPH is one of the few schools that<br />

offer dance classes starting in Pre-K.<br />

Changing schools could mean that<br />

Layhew will no longer be able to share<br />

her incredible dance skills with her<br />

school community.<br />

“I think (the dance program) is one<br />

of my favorite parts of MPH and the<br />

arts program is very welcoming and<br />

unique and it’s different from what a<br />

lot of different schools would have,”<br />

Layhew said.<br />

At MPH anything that you enjoy<br />

Ms. Strickland hugs students at the 2013 Handshake Ceremony.<br />

– from dancing to playing chess – is accepted.<br />

It is common to see students of<br />

all ages standing together in the hallway<br />

laughing and making jokes. Students<br />

as young as first graders know<br />

Upper-School students and those children<br />

often run up to hug their older<br />

friends in the hallway.<br />

“I think there’s just the feeling of<br />

family here,” said sophomore Caroline<br />

King, whose brothers also attended<br />

MPH. “Everyone’s so close,<br />

everyone’s accepted. Things that are<br />

special about you, they’re brought out<br />

“It will take a while for it<br />

[MPH] to reform and<br />

re-identify itself as a school”<br />

- Mr. O’Malley<br />

here. You can feel good about who<br />

you are and you don’t have to feel like<br />

you’re going to school every day being<br />

judged. You can be yourself.”<br />

This aspect of MPH will hopefully<br />

continue, no matter what happens next<br />

year. However, some are concerned<br />

the community is going to change too<br />

much next year to stay as close as it is<br />

now.<br />

“I don’t know what will be different,”<br />

said Julia Walsh, a sophomore.<br />

“I guess the obvious, a lot less students<br />

and that will feel a lot different. I can’t<br />

imagine the handshake ceremony or<br />

anything on the first day. I don’t know<br />

what to expect.”<br />

Faculty members are also concerned<br />

about the future of MPH. Will<br />

O’Malley is the only Latin teacher<br />

and has worked at MPH for 18 years.<br />

All three of his children have attended<br />

MPH since kindergarten. Mr.<br />

O’Malley has not yet decided whether<br />

his children will attend MPH next<br />

year. While some faculty members<br />

have been re-hired, others aren’t sure if<br />

they’ll have a job next year. O’Malley<br />

echoed the biggest concern the faculty<br />

members have had throughout the process.<br />

“The number one concern that the<br />

faculty has is, will there be a place to<br />

teach here next year, then will I have<br />

a job at that place, what students will<br />

be here, what will that mean for my<br />

classes, what will I be teaching if I do<br />

have a job,” O’Malley said.<br />

O’Malley, like many teachers at<br />

MPH, does not have a teaching certification<br />

or a Master’s in education because<br />

those aren’t necessary to teach at<br />

a private school. This means that these<br />

teachers can’t go find a job at a public<br />

school.<br />

Imagining MPH without any of<br />

these faculty members changes what<br />

this school means to some students.<br />

“I think the most special part about<br />

MPH is the relationships you can make<br />

with people,” Walsh said. “You get to<br />

know teachers on a more personal level,<br />

which is really great because it gives<br />

you another person you can trust and<br />

talk to.”<br />

If beloved teachers don’t return<br />

next year then part of what makes<br />

MPH special will disappear. During<br />

the handshake ceremony, some smiling<br />

faces the students are used to won’t<br />

be there to welcome them back.<br />

Although much will change next<br />

year, many hope that if MPH pulls<br />

through these financial difficulties,<br />

then it will be stronger than ever before.<br />

O’Malley knows that it will be a<br />

challenge.<br />

“It will take a while for it [MPH]<br />

to reform and re-identify itself as a<br />

school,” he said. “Because the school<br />

is going through a tough time, the people<br />

who end up mending the school<br />

will likely feel a great sense of community.”<br />

Photos by Deb Han<br />

Sophmores wait nervously to get back into a heated dodgeball game.

6<br />

Features Features 7<br />

Make Prom Night a BOMB Night<br />


By Jenae Butler, Kate Marshall and Cady Ridall<br />

2 months before • Get fitted and find a dress, if you haven’t already. Check sites like promgirl.com<br />

and stores like Boom Babies, Spybaby and Forever Bridal for elegant, modern gowns.<br />

• If you’re wearing a tuxedo, go to a store like Men’s Wearhouse to get fitted. If<br />

you’re renting that tux, make sure to reserve one in advance so you don’t get stuck with<br />

something ill-fitted or outdated.<br />

1 month before • Buy your prom ticket.<br />

• Book hair, makeup, and nail consultations and appointments. (Book hair and<br />

makeup appointments for the day of prom and nail appointments for the day before.)<br />

• Get all necessary accessories; shoes, jewelry, and handbags.<br />

• Figure out your prom group and your transportation (limo, separate cars, etc. )<br />

1 week before • If you’re going for a bronzed look, get your spray tan a week before to give it<br />

time to fade into a more natural glow.<br />

• Order your corsage or lapel flower from your local florist or grocery store.<br />

1 day before • Get your nails done.<br />

• Pick up your corsage or lapel flower, and refrigerate it!<br />

• Pack your purse with essentials - bobby pins, small perfume, touch-up make-up,<br />

gum, etc. If you don’t want to carry these around with you, remember that the school<br />

keeps these stocked in the prom bathrooms.<br />

The Big Day • Go to your hair and makeup appointments in the morning.<br />

• Get your prom photos done with your date/group.<br />

• Have fun!<br />

Looking for the perfect way to ask your desired prom date to the big dance? We’re here to help with<br />

the perfect Promposal! A Promposal is a fancy way of asking someone for a date that night. Forget<br />

calling them on the phone or talking to them in between classes: Asking for a date has now become<br />

an event of its own. Here’s a look at a Promposal that recently went down – and resulted in a Yes!<br />

The Details<br />

MPH PROM<br />

Prom season is finally upon<br />

us, and while for some it<br />

means shopping, romance<br />

and the promise of an unforgettable<br />

night, for others it<br />

translates into stress, panic,<br />

and the fear of a botched<br />

high-school rite of passage.<br />

To help you navigate toward<br />

The Big Day and hopefully<br />

avert disaster, follow this<br />

schedule for the pictureperfect<br />

event. (Or close to it.)<br />

Below is an example of a fully-packed,<br />

prom-ready purse. To the right is an<br />

example of flower options.<br />

Who: Senior Will Maresco asked<br />

junior Jordan Dunaway-Barlow<br />

When: Wed. <strong>March</strong> 11, first block<br />

Where: By the lockers in the barn<br />

How: Will had asked Jordan the<br />

night before via text if she wanted<br />

coffee in the morning. Jordan, a<br />

big coffee drinker, of course, said<br />

“Yes.” Jordan was in U.S. History<br />

11 when she went to her locker<br />

area to retrieve her binder and Will<br />

surprised her with the expected<br />

coffee, along with flowers, and a<br />

colorful rainbow cake topped with<br />

mini Reese’s peanut butter cups<br />

(Jordan’s favorite candy) spelling<br />

out “PROM”<br />

Why: Will knows his way with the<br />

ladies, and Jordan is a catch!<br />

Photo by Cady Ridall<br />

Date:<br />

Saturday, May 16th<br />

Time:<br />

8:30 -11PM<br />

Place:<br />

Landmark Theatre, 362<br />

S. Salina St.<br />

Cost:<br />

$50 per ticket<br />

Theme:<br />

The Roarin’ Twenties<br />

Photos by Maddy Rieks<br />

Tips for the Perfect Promposal:<br />

1. Baked goods and sweets are always a hit.<br />

2. The element of surprise adds to the excitement.<br />

3. Be confident.<br />

4. If the person you want to take is shy, try a more private<br />


8 Sports<br />

The Fifth Quarter<br />

Some MPH alums go the extra mile in college sports<br />

The weekly schedule for the men’s<br />

lacrosse team at Geneseo remains fairly<br />

similar each week. A typical practice lasts<br />

three-and-a-half hours minimum, six<br />

days a week. That doesn’t include two additional<br />

mandatory weight lifting sessions.<br />

Then on top of that, there are academic<br />

classes to attend.<br />

MPH alumni Duncan Morrison, a<br />

freshman on the Geneseo team, said playing<br />

a sport in college is significantly more<br />

demanding and more time-consuming<br />

than playing in high school.<br />

“The coaches expect that practice isn’t<br />

enough each day for players’ potential<br />

to be maximized,” Morrison said in an<br />

email. “You have to sacrifice things like<br />

video games and TV to do things like play<br />

wall ball and lift.”<br />

Playing sports in college is no easy feat.<br />

According to the National Collegiate<br />

Scouting Association, almost 8 million<br />

students play high-school sports, yet only<br />

two percent of those students will play in<br />

college, and only one percent will receivefull<br />

scholarships to a Division I school.<br />

On average, athletes can spend upward<br />

of 40 hours a week in practice, not including<br />

workouts, which can add up to seven<br />

more hours. It’s not just free time they’re<br />

losing. Many athletes will typically have<br />

practices during classes. For example, Division<br />

I men’s basketball players miss an<br />

average of 2.4 classes per week, and 20<br />

percent miss more than three classes each<br />

week, according to the NCAA.<br />

“Its easy to let your grades slip due to<br />

sports but in high school I had practice<br />

every day for almost the entire year, so it’s<br />

not much different,” Morrison said. “It is<br />

really just about managing your time the<br />

right way and prioritizing.”<br />

Scarlett Jaworski, another MPH alum,<br />

“You have to sacrifice things like video<br />

games and TV to do things like play<br />

wall ball and lift.”<br />

is currently a sophomore on the women’s<br />

lacrosse team at St. Bonaventure University.<br />

She said college practices are far more<br />

demanding than high school practices.<br />

“With everybody focused on lacrosse<br />

with rarely any side conversations, the<br />

pace of practice is a lot faster,” she said<br />

in an email. “Some drills are only done<br />

for 15 minutes, which means we can get<br />

through a lot more of them during a two-<br />

- Duncan Morrison<br />

hour practice.”<br />

In addition to practice at 6 a.m. on<br />

weekdays, Jaworski’s team has weight<br />

training sessions and film sessions before<br />

games. Jaworski said they get one day off<br />

a week.<br />

MPH senior Gerrit Church plans to<br />

join the men’s soccer team at Johns Hop-<br />

Story by Dan Albanese<br />

kins University next year. Although it will<br />

be difficult, Church says he’s ready for it.<br />

“I’ve been able to have great grades<br />

and keep them up while playing soccer<br />

almost every day since I was in 7th grade,<br />

so I’m not too worried,” he said.<br />

While managing sports and school<br />

can get difficult in college, Morrison and<br />

Jaworski both said their love of the sport<br />

makes it all worthwhile.<br />

“There are definitely days where I’ve<br />

thought about the millions of other things<br />

I’d rather do than a swimming workout<br />

at 7a.m. in the morning,” Morrison said,<br />

“but I love lacrosse.<br />

“It’s all part of a process and I know<br />

that the games we win wouldn’t feel as<br />

good if it weren’t for all the hard work.”<br />

Jaworski said while there are times she<br />

needs a break, she has no regrets.<br />

“I try to imagine my life at college<br />

without lacrosse and I can’t,” she said.<br />

“I love playing the sport so much, and I<br />

have played since I was in kindergarten,<br />

that the tough days are worth it.<br />

“There are far better days than there are<br />

worse.”<br />

Even though men and women<br />

and girls and boys participate in many<br />

different sports, men’s sports draw larger<br />

crowds and get more media attention.<br />

According to The Women’s Sports<br />

Foundation, a 2009 study found that<br />

network affiliates dedicated 6.3 percent<br />

of sports coverage to women’s sports in<br />

2004. In 2008, it dropped to 1.6 percent.<br />

The same study found that ESPN also<br />

gave women less attention: 96.4 percent<br />

of information that streamed across the<br />

bottom of the screen was about men’s<br />

sports.<br />

Jordan Dunaway-Barlow is an 11th<br />

grader who plays varsity soccer and volleyball,<br />

and runs track in the spring. She<br />

said there are more men’s games on TV<br />

and bigger crowds at their games because<br />

the men have more of a fan base, and<br />

that’s just part of American culture.<br />

“As someone who plays sports, it sometimes<br />

stinks,” she said.<br />

Photos of Scarlett Jaworski and Duncan Morrison courtesy of St. Bonaventure and Morrison<br />

She’s the Man<br />

Girls make gains on the field - but not in the stands.<br />

Dunaway-Barlow doesn’t follow professional<br />

sports much, but at school, she<br />

wouldn’t mind larger crowds at the girls’<br />

games.<br />

“I think if we could advocate both the<br />

girls’ games and the guys’ games that<br />

would be great, just to make it all even<br />

out,” she said.<br />

“As someone who<br />

plays sports, it<br />

sometimes stinks”<br />

- Jordan Dunaway-Barlow<br />

Pat Bentley Hoke has coached girl’s<br />

soccer as both head coach and assistant at<br />

MPH for 22 years. She has also coached<br />

boys modified basketball. Bentley Hoke<br />

said historically, the boys games get larger<br />

crowds.<br />

“People think of the men’s sport as the<br />

real one,” she said, “And then (think)<br />

‘girls do it also.’ As a spectator sport they<br />

tend to think of going to watch men’s athletics,<br />

and not women’s, which is too bad.”<br />

Bentley Hoke said women’s games<br />

are different from men’s, but that doesn’t<br />

mean they aren’t as good. She sees an increase<br />

in interest in women’s sports at all<br />

levels, from the boy’s soccer team coming<br />

to watch the girl’s team play to the popularity<br />

of the successful US Women’s National<br />

Soccer Team.<br />

“It’s becoming more culturally acceptable<br />

for men even to be interested in women’s<br />

athletics,” she said.<br />

Vonn Read, the associate head coach<br />

for the Syracuse University women’s basketball<br />

team, has coached both men’s and<br />

women’s basketball. Several years ago,<br />

the SU women’s team started playing in<br />

the Carrier Dome. Though the team only<br />

drew an average of 710 fans this season,<br />

Read said the team enjoys it and it is<br />

an honor to play where the men’s team<br />

plays. He said smaller crowds at women’s<br />

games are universal on any campus.<br />

“I think it is a good experience for our<br />

Story by Anna Barnard<br />

girls to play in an atmosphere like the<br />

Dome,” he said. “Hopefully, one day we<br />

can build to where we have those great<br />

crowds.”<br />

Read believes that putting a good product<br />

out on the floor is the first step. When<br />

he helped coach the women’s team at<br />

Kentucky to some of their most successful<br />

seasons in their history, he said the<br />

crowds increased significantly.<br />

“It’s just a process of putting a great<br />

product out on the floor and really trying<br />

to get out and get the fans to come out<br />

and watch the women play,” he said in an<br />

email. “I really do think it’s a great product,<br />

as well.”<br />

Joey Cerio, an 11th grade varsity soccer<br />

and basketball player, said that because<br />

men’s sports started first, everyone became<br />

used to sports as a male phenomenon.<br />

A lot of people still think it isn’t okay<br />

for women to play sports, he said, though<br />

that’s not his opinion.<br />

“ I would like to see a change,” he said.

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