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Posted Thursday, Sep 3, 2015 

The older they get, the closer Wilbraham & Monson Academy's Jahkeem Hunt '16 and Jomei Bean-Lindo '16 get to the highest level of soccer possible in their country.

Jahkeem and Jomei have been invited to play on Bermuda's U20 National trial team, in hopes of playing in that age group's World Cup. Qualifiers will begin in the summer of 2016, with 30 players competing for 22 spots.

Jahkeem and Jomei have been playing on Bermuda's National team since the U13 level.

"It's an honor to represent my country," Jahkeem said. "Playing on a world stage and playing for your country . . . you want to make sure you bring home something good for your country."

"It's very scary," Jomei added. "It's hard to explain the feeling of being that close to playing on the senior national team."

As seniors, Jahkeem and Jomei will be counted on to lead the Titans this Boys' Soccer season. The team has qualified for the postseason the last two years.

"We're obviously proud of the guys and happy for them," Coach Gary Cook said. "I have to imagine the ultimate joy for a football player is playing for their country. The fact they have a chance to represent their country at the national level is exciting for them."

Tyrell Burgess '05 has been a member of Bermuda's National team since graduating from the Academy.

"They're both key members of the U20 team," Tyrell explained. "They've received good experience playing at prep school and playing abroad. Their generation is a very good generation for soccer. A lot of kids have gone to prep school, and a lot of kids playing in college and England.

"Jomei and Jahkeem are top players for their clubs and for WMA. Their futures are very bright."

Posted Wednesday, Sep 2, 2015 

In late summer, Middle School Humanities teachers Karen Dufresne and Sherri Krassin attended a three-day workshop in Boston called Facing History and Ourselves. The focus was the Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy. "We discussed and learned teaching strategies for how society rebuilds after division and trauma, when the ideals and values of the democracy are most vulnerable," shared Ms. Krassin.

The workshop explored the Reconstruction period in the United States and the construction of American identity. "We will incorporate this crucial time period into the Middle School curriculum for students to gain a better understanding of past and present divisions, including the explosion of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s and the continued controversy of the Confederate flag," Ms. Krassin added.

Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.

Posted Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015 

In early August, Science Chair Dr. Kathy Gorski (pictured left) and Director of Information Technology Dr. Marxan Pescetta (pictured right) attended Exploring Computer Science, a program that employs a three-prong approach to teaching: equity, inquiry and computer science.

The weeklong workshop was held in Holyoke, Mass. and was attended by 15 teachers from about a dozen schools in the Valley. The curriculum encourages hands-on learning and problem solving through journal writing, group brainstorming and the use of toys to illustrate concepts.

The event was covered on Gazettenet.com, for which Dr. Gorski was interviewed.

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Posted Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015 

Director of WMA's Fine & Performing Arts program Paul Bloomfield had the distinct pleasure of reviewing the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival for JazzTimes August 18. Mr. Bloomfield also provided his professional photography services for the event.


Posted Monday, Aug 31, 2015 

Wilbraham & Monson Academy's Spencer Marocchini '16 finished the 2015 Boys' Lacrosse season with a great accomplishment.

Two months later, Spencer accomplished something just as impressive.

Soon after recording the 100th goal of his career at the Academy, Spencer, verbally committed to play Division II lacrosse at Assumption College.

"What I was looking for in my college search was a college that could challenge me as a person, challenge my academics and also challenge my athletics," Spencer said. "Assumption had it all. It's a great program with a great coach. Coach (Keith Loftis) is doing a great job turning the program around. I can't say enough about the school."

And WMA Boys' Lacrosse Coach Mike MacDonald couldn't say enough about Spencer, who was named a captain for the 2016 season.

"Spencer's hard work and dedication not only in lacrosse but with his academics as well have helped him gain admittance to Assumption College," Coach MacDonald said. "Every year Spencer has dedicated himself to becoming stronger and faster, and has worked on his skill development and lacrosse IQ. Spencer shows up to practice every day with a great attitude and ready to work. Spencer has a strong passion for the sport of lacrosse and he is a true student of the game.

"Although we are excited for Spencer to move onto college to further his academic and athletic career, we are expecting him to have a great senior year on the field, in the classroom and as a member of the WMA community. Spencer is one of the smartest players I have had the opportunity to work with in my coaching career. I am looking forward to our last year working together and preparing him to become an NCAA student-athlete."

Spencer, who spent his summer at a number of elite lacrosse camps, including the Blue Chip 225, said Coach MacDonald was instrumental in his college process.

"Coach Mike MacDonald has a lot of connections in the college lacrosse world," explained Spencer, who also considered attending Le Moyne. "He knows a lot of people and he helped me with the college search and get into the college I wanted to be at."

Spencer was named the Boys' Lacrosse team's Coaches Award winner in 2015 and was selected to the All-League First Team for the second season in a row.
Posted Monday, Aug 31, 2015 

Whether it's in the classroom or on the athletic field, Wilbraham & Monson Academy sisters Katie '17 and Carly Cronin '13 share a lot of similarities.

As of three weeks ago, they learned they will share another similarity, too – where they attend college.

Katie verbally committed in early August to play Division I soccer at Bryant University, where Carly is currently a member of the lacrosse team.

"I'm very comfortable at Bryant because my sister plays lacrosse there," said Katie, who received a partial athletic and academic scholarship offer from Bryant. "Academically, they're an amazing school: they're ranked top five in a number of their business programs, and soccer-wise the coaches have been nothing but supportive of me and my family. I can't wait to be a part of it.

"I've been to Bryant so many times to watch Carly's games and visit her on the weekends. I think overall Bryant just became a home to me."

Katie, a high honors students and member of the Teen Board at the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield, also considered Providence College, Marist College, Quinnipiac University, St. Anselm College and Connecticut College. She's the first Bryant recruit from the Class of 2017.

Much like her sister, WMA Girls' Soccer Coach Don Nicholson said Katie can do so many things on the soccer field in so many ways.

"Although she is only entering her junior year, Katie is one of the most complete athletes that I have ever had the pleasure of coaching," Coach Nicholson said. "Her athleticism, field knowledge and overall talent level allow her the unique capability of playing multiple positions on the soccer field. She has the ability to do this even over the course of a single game as she has played forward, midfielder and defender in a single match.

"The most important part of this ability is the fact that Katie thinks of the needs of the team first and is willing to do whatever she needs to do in order to put her teammates in the best possible position for success. Katie's unselfishness, positive attitude, quick smile and sheer athletic talent make her one of the most coachable players I have ever had within our program. I know Katie will continue to be an impact player for the Titans over the next two years and she will certainly be a tremendous addition to the Bryant University soccer program when she moves on to the next level."

Katie helped the Titans reach the final of the New England Class B tournament a year ago and she hopes to do the same in 2015.

"Obviously losing so many seniors, people are going to think it's a rebuilding year so the juniors and seniors really need to pick it up," she said. "But we're going to keep our goals the same and try to make it to the New England championship like last year and we're going to work until we get there."
Posted Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 

Our Center for Entrepreneurial & Global Studies offers college-level and honors courses in History, Economics and Geography, along with Advanced Placement courses and distinctive trimester electives.

  • Travel - the world is our classroom so why not go there to learn? "Classes" occur in places like the Amazon, Namibia, Paris, Cambodia and more
  • Trading Center - our Mark R. Shenkman Trading Center serves as the showcase facility for economics, finance and entrepreneurship classes
  • Electives - captivating electives like: International Relations, The Vietnam Experience, Philosophy of World Religions, Portfolio Management, and Entrepreneurship, to name a few
  • Events - participate in engaging lectures, workshops, and conferences, featuring alumni, authors, artists, politicians, conservationists, and entrepreneurs, both on and off-campus
  • Projects - explore social entrepreneurship through projects like the Yunnan Ethnic Minority School Volunteer Project or watch as your own ideas to make a difference in the world come true

Learn more at www.wma.us/cegs!

Posted Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 

Wilbraham & Monson Academy offers an integrated approach to both artistic and academic education with dedicated professionals who live to explore your artistic passions.

  • Fashion - a three-course interdisciplinary program with visits to fashion destinations including FIT and Paris
  • Theater - behind the scenes or leading roles, we let you shine in live musicals, film and set design, to name a few
  • Dance - all types of dance are explored, whether it's via our teachers or from you
  • Music - be a part of the energy with our band or make your own music
  • Visual Arts - connect with history and culture through artistic expressions such as ceramics, photography, drawing and painting

Learn more at www.wma.us/fpa!

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