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Posted Monday, Sep 21, 2015 

Wilbraham & Monson Academy's Field Hockey team played like the young and inexperienced team that it is in a scrimmage prior to the start of the regular season.

The official opener, though, was totally different, especially in the second half as the Titans competed with composure and carried the play to beat host Miss Porter's 1-0 Sept. 19.

"The girls did a stronger job this game than in our scrimmage last week," Coach Liz Fontaine said. "The girls were sending their teammates long passes, and each individual did their own job on the field. The girls respected their teammates and trusted them to make good decisions, and that showed."

Sydney Liptak '16, who played a strong 60 minutes at center back, scored the game's only goal, firing a penalty stroke into the upper-right corner with less than four minutes to play.

"My technique is to look one way and go the other, and thankfully that worked," Sydney said.

"We're ecstatic with the win. This win gives us confidence to move forward and win more games."

Along with Sydney, Claire Thomas '20 and Alex Garrison '18 played very well on defense to help WMA to the shutout. Goalie Megan Wells '16 made eight saves.
Posted Friday, Sep 18, 2015 

Wilbraham & Monson Academy's Tori Zingarelli '17 has sung at a number of events, ranging from public music performances to athletic events.

Tori sang at a totally different venue Sept. 17, but it was a venue where she could completely relate.

With hundreds of people in attendance on a sunny afternoon, Tori sang the national anthem and led the Pledge of Allegiance at a Naturalization ceremony at the Springfield Armory National Historic site, where more than 200 people became citizens of the United States.

Tori's dad, Paul, is a first generation American, with his parents immigrating to the United States from Italy.

"It was great to see people's reactions," Tori said. "I've never experienced new people coming into the country. It gave me a new look at The Global School®. These people had gone through all this time and stress, and this was their last step to get that document and become legal citizens."

Tori said she wasn't nervous singing in front of the large crowd because "everyone was really happy. The ceremony was really nice and well put together. Everyone respected it."

Posted Friday, Sep 18, 2015 

Wilbraham & Monson Academy's Bermuda Triangle - Jahkeem Hunt '16, Jomei Bean-Lindo '16 and Jazario Brimmer '17 - scored as Boys' Soccer defeated Vermont Academy 3-1 in a home match Sept. 16.

The Titans improved to 1-0-1 and were minutes away from posting their second shutout in as many matches before Vermont scored late.

"We've done some positive things," Coach Gary Cook said. "We have some new guys we're trying to fit in but the positives outweigh the negatives. Today we created a lot of scoring chances. We still have to work on finishing. But we're starting to learn each other and getting more comfortable with the system so the positives are there."

Jahkeem scored on a penalty kick in the first half before Jomei and Jazario scored in the final 45 minutes to clinch the victory.

"This was a tough game," Jahkeem explained. "The other team was very physical. They're big in size and strength but we did a good job and I'm happy we got the win."

Click here to see video highlights of the game.
Posted Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 

In her first crew competition of the fall season, Wilbraham & Monson Academy's Allie Collins-Anderson '16 placed second in two races at the Rockrimmon Regatta in Springfield Sept. 12.

Allie competed in women's 16-18 3K single skull (two oars) as well as a 5K four-person sweep (single oar).

Even though her mechanics were occasionally off in the single, Allie was able to post one of her best 3K times in the four years she has been competing in crew.

"It wasn't my best race by any means," Allie explained. "My form wasn't very good. I wasn't happy with my performance but I lucked out with the competition that was there. I would have liked to have done better. But it was the first race of the season and I hadn't been on the water in a single for a few weeks so I was happy with my time in that regard."

Peter Labbe '17 also placed well, taking third in the men's 16-18 3K single skull in his first competition in that particular event.

"It certainly didn't feel physically comfortable but because I spent so much time in a single this summer there weren't any surprises," Peter said. "With the other people in the race, I did about as well as I expected to do, if not a little more."

Due to a mix-up, Peter stepped up and served as a coxswain in a men's masters four-person race, with his shell placing second.

Allie and Peter were competing as members of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club. WMA's official Crew season is in the spring.

Posted Friday, Sep 11, 2015 

Wilbraham & Monson Academy made the absolute most of a rare opportunity Sept. 9 when the Upper School attended an event in downtown Springfield with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

The real thrill, though, came for the 23 Academy students who were invited to be part of a 30-minute Question & Answer session with Justice Sotomayor prior to the main lecture, which was held at the MassMutual Center as part of the WMA-sponsored Springfield Public Forum.

Students in the higher levels of the Academy's Spanish classes and WMA's Global Scholars were among 50 people at the light and social Q&A venue. Morayma Linarez '16, Colin O'Brien '16, Nick Leone '17 and Anike Tella '16 asked questions and had their respective photo taken with Justice Sotomayor before the Academy had a group photo taken with the third female and first Latino to be appointed to the country's highest court.

"Twenty-three of our students got to take part in a Q&A, where Justice Sotomayor really opened the floor to the students," Head of School Brian Easler said. "There was no scripting, she took all questions from the students, answered them genuinely and with integrity and really developed a rapport with the students. It was extraordinarily meaningful."

It was particularly meaningful to Morayma, who wrote a paper in her WMA Freshmen Foundations class on Justice Sotomayor. Morayma, sitting in the front row, was the first person to ask a question.

"It was the best opportunity WMA could have ever given me," Morayma beamed. "She's my role model. From Freshmen Foundations, I wrote a paper on her because we had to write a paper on our role model. Just being able to see her in person and hug and talk to her was the best thing in the world."

Nick, Kiana Smith '17 and Mr. Easler, as well as WMA Spanish teachers Kevin Kane and Melody Rivera, had dinner with Justice Sotomayor after the Q&A and before the featured event.

"I thought she was very approachable," Nick said. "She set a good example for everyone by saying if you work hard you can be whatever you want to be without having to be snobby or acting as if you're above anyone else. She seemed like she could be someone's grandmother or aunt in the room. She was a cool lady."

Justice Sotomayor drew the crowd of 3,800 in by walking up and down the aisles of the MassMutual Center, repeatedly shaking hands and touching people on the shoulder while she addressed the audience with her easy-going tone and demeanor.

Ms. Rivera loved every minute of her time spent in the presence of her role model. The backgrounds of both women run parallel, from childhood to their present professions.

"Both of us had to wrestle with the language barrier and the hardship that experience presented," Ms. Rivera explained. "We are both women and we are both women who have chosen their life work to be dedicated to public service. When she spoke about her passion and her love of helping people, my heart skipped a beat because I understood fully what she meant. The passion to serve the community and to help others is and has always been a driving force in everything I do and one of the major reasons why I have chosen to make teaching and education my life's work.

"I have always, and will continue to view her as a positive example of the person I would like to become."

Here are some quotes from Justice Sotomayor from the Q&A and main discussion:

  • "The more you know the more people will like you."
  • "(Hispanics can break the stereotype) by not living up to the stereotype."
  • "I'm here with you. A few of my colleagues wouldn't be doing this."
  • "That's the main thing about being on the court – your voice can be heard."
  • "It's important to put yourself in other people's shoes, and to give people the benefit of the doubt."
  • "Be honest with yourself. Identify what you did wrong."
  • "I wanted to tell a story (in my book) of who Sonia was.

  • "(The Supreme Court Justices are) human beings trying to do the best job we can."
  • "I wanted to write a book that would bring people hope. The reality is if I can do it, you can do it, too."
  • "Every day we live our lives is precious."
  • "My diabetes gave me motivation to get the most out of life."
  • "Work with and for people who will guide you in a positive way."
  • "I'm not worried about the roads I didn't take; I'm just glad I took the one I did."
  • "We're nine people (on the Supreme Court), and we're going to come to different answers because the law is unclear."
  • "I am completely and utterly passionate about our constitution."
  • "As a society we can correct ourselves. Change can happen."
  • "Every day I realize the world doesn't revolve around me."
Posted Thursday, Sep 3, 2015 

Wilbraham & Monson Academy's Peter Bowie '18 picked the perfect time to shoot the best round of golf of his life.

Peter finished with a two-under par 70 to win the 39th annual Masslive.com Junior Golf Tournament at Veterans Golf Course in Springfield in August.

Peter topped a field of 40 golfers in the 15-16 age group to win the tournament after a number of near misses. He won by four strokes.

"I was really trying to win because I was second last year and third the year before that," Peter said. "I was hoping this was the year."

Peter birdied four holes en route to besting his previous low score by one stroke. After finishing his round he waited two hours before he was officially announced as the winner.

"It was nice. I've been wanting it for a while so it was great to get it," said Peter, who also won a New England Junior PGA event in Billerica earlier in the summer.

WMA's Eddie Morin '18 finished tied for seventh at the Masslive.com event.

"I played well," Eddie said. "I could have played better but there was some stuff that I did well that helped me."

Eddie finished second at a Connecticut Junior PGA event at Hop Meadow Country Club in August.

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.

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