Thayer Academy is pleased to announce the first annual Harold B. Hatch Community Run to be held on the morning of Homecoming this fall (October 19, 2013). This event has been established to honor teacher, coach, and friend Harold Hatch, who passed away peacefully at his home in Castine, Maine on June 14. The entire Thayer community mourns the loss of this former coach and faculty member who believed that fitness was an important part of life, and that keeping fit was a way to build community.
Mr. Hatch taught math and coached the cross-country and track & field teams at Thayer from 1980-1999. He started the girls’ track program and saw them win 6 New England titles. He was inducted into the Thayer Academy Sports Hall of Fame in 2008, an honor he shared with his son Mark '83 who was also inducted that year.
RIP Harold B. Hatch (1939-2013) - "Work hard, be happy, have fun..."
Hannah Mulvey is a 3-time NFHCA Academic Squad honoree -- an award given to student-athletes who have obtained a cumulative GPA OF 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2012-2013 academic year. Quite an honor, congrats Hannah!
On Saturday, April 6, at the ISL Track & Field Relay Meet, Emma Fitzgerald '16, had an historic day, breaking two long-standing school records! In the High Jump, Emma competed against the defending League and New England Champion, and she not only beat her, but she also broke our school record which was set 10 years ago by Sarah Wilfred '03. Then Emma went on to break the Javelin record, the oldest record on the books, set in 1995 by Jen Carne '95, was 125' 9". Emma threw 141' 8" to shatter the 18-year old record. Quite an impressive day! The only other athlete to ever break more than one school record in the same meet is Chizoba Ezeigwe '05, who is currently on Thayer’s Track & Field coaching staff.
Kelcie Finn '13, Kathleen Fowkes '14, Julianne Landry '14, and Jacqueline Seymour '14. (Pictured r-l)
Thayer Academy’s girl varsity hockey team will send four players to the Women’s National Hockey Tournament to be held in San Jose, California. The student athletes will compete in several games each in the Tier I and Tier II tournament.
Kelcie Finn, Senior, Assistant Captain, Center. Kelcie was the leading goal scorer for Thayer’s varsity team this year. She will be skating for the Assabet Valley Red U-19 team. In addition to playing hockey, Kelcie also a Captain on the Varsity Field Hockey team also plays Varsity Lacrosse for Thayer.
Kathleen Fowkes, Junior, Defensemen. Kathleen, a third year varsity player this year will be skating for the Charles River U-19 team in San Jose. She also plays Varsity Softball and is active in Thayer Academy’s Drama and Choir ensemble.
Julianne Landry, Junior, Goalie. Julianne is also a third year varsity player who will be goaltending for the Assabet Valley Red U-16 team. She was a Captain on the Varsity Field Hockey team and also plays Varsity Lacrosse for Thayer.
Jacqueline Seymour, Junior, Assistant Captain, Defensemen. Jacqueline is a fifth year varsity player and will be skating for the East Coast Wizards U-19 team. In addition to hockey, she is on Thayer’s Varsity Track & Field Team.
Congratulations on your achievements ladies, and best of luck in the tournament!
The level of difficulty in community service work runs the gamut, and some projects are easier than others. You can choose to make a meal and serve it, or take a group of kids bowling, or even spend a day wielding a hammer on a building site. Where on a scale of 1 to 10, would you rate the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb? Each year, hundreds of ambitious (crazy?) people race to the top of One Boston Place, a towering office building in Boston's financial district. People not only volunteer to climb 41 floors / 82 flights / 789 stairs, but they also track their progress with a stopwatch!
What motivates them? Most people race to commemorate someone they know or love who has suffered from lung disease. All participants want to wipe out lung disease. Team Thayer was formed five years ago by Upper School math teacher Debbie Siegel. Ms. Siegel wanted to honor her brother Randy, who died last year of non-smoker’s lung cancer. Joining Ms. Siegel this year, Upper School teacher Joe Pelletier, former Upper School teacher Mary Bashir, and one student, Hana Isihara '13. There were a total of 1470 climbers, running or walking up the 82 flights. Mr. Pelletier made the climb in under 6 minutes, which put him in the men's elite climber category. Not bad for an English teacher!
Hana Isihara '13 said "My brother did Race Up Boston Place when he was at Thayer and it was one of the many things I had on my Thayer Academy bucket list. I didn't do any special training beforehand but I figured since I had been swimming all winter that I'd be okay. Ms. Bashir, Mr. Pelletier, and Ms. Seigal were all great teammates and encouraging and of course it was great to see Mr. King cheering us on the way up and taking pictures. It was a really fun experience and I'd recommend it to others because it feels amazing to finish on the 42nd floor and think you climbed the whole way up."
Team Thayer raised $600. All of the teams together, raised $430,578, exceeding this year’s goal of $365,000, by $65,578.
In the video below, you can get a sense of how tall the building really is and what it's like to get into this race. You can also see actual participants running up the stairs (including firefighters in full gear) and hear their explanations about why they do it.
If you are inspired to get in on the action yourself, save the date for next year’s race: February 1, 2014. Parents and other family members are more than welcome to join the team!
Oh... One more thing... you can view the results of this year’s race here» If you're a statistician, you'll appreciate the numbers (participant number, age, time, etc.), but if you're a wordsmith, you might get a kick out of the team names. Here are a few examples: Team Thayer, Peak Physique Training, Step in Time, One Step at a Time, Baby Steps, The Stepmothers, We'll Take the Stairs, Staircrazy, The Stair Masters, Stairway to Heaven, Fred A. Stairs, Climbing for Air & Muffins, Will Climb for Beer, Social Climbers,The Ascenders, The Hail Marys, Dos Pulmones, Are We There Yet?Love at First Flight, Breath of Fresh Air, We Know CPR
Thayer is the #2 seed in the quarter-final round against St. Sebastian’s School on Wednesday Feb 27th, at 3:30 p.m. at the Canton Sportsplex. The Athletic Department is happy to supply round-trip transportation to and from the Sportsplex leaving Thayer at 3:00 p.m. All those interested MUST sign-up in the Athletic Office by 3:00 p.m. TODAY, Tues, Feb 26th.
Also, last Saturday, February 23rd, Thayer won the Valicenti Cup game against St. Sebastian's... The Tigers will need your support, because St. Seb's might want some revenge...
Rob Dixon Keynote Speaker for Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at UNH
"Make some noise! Use your voices," Rob Dixon said, addressing, in particular, students of color. "We need more cross-racial collaborations where your voice becomes louder. The more diverse that group of voices becomes, the more powerful it is… We need your light. Yes, your light. Because all of you have it. You wouldn't be here if you didn't. You have a presence that warrants respect… All of you in here are leaders. All of you have a bit of Dr. King in you - that spirit of humanity or human dignity."
On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, when Upper School history teacher and Thayer alum Rob Dixon ’79 P ’ 03, ’11, ’16 came to the podium in Johnson Theater at his alma mater, UNH, he joined the ranks of others who had spoken there in honor of Dr. King: poet Nikki Giovanni, author Maya Angelou, civil rights activist Angela Davis, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center Morris Dees, and Coretta Scott King. In his keynote address, Mr. Dixon urged students of color to play an active, positive role in their own lives, and in the lives of others. He posed a compelling question: "Are You Making Your Mark?"
Mr. Dixon was honored for his work with Project RISE, the organization he founded twenty years ago, to give disadvantaged young people a better chance at academic success and positive self-esteem. Rob Dixon has made his own mark, and has been consistently recognized for his leadership and his program’s effectiveness. Statistics provide one way to measure the program's success, and these numbers speak for themselves: 96% of Project RISE students graduate from high school; 226 have gone on to attend four-year universities; and 85% of those students who have enrolled in college are the first in their families to do so.
Nine members of Thayer’s multi-cultural club OMEGA, along with three faculty members, Rochelle Ballin '04, Jim King P ’01, ’04, ’06, and Brandon Odom '04, made the journey to hear Mr. Dixon speak, and to attend the University’s celebration of Dr. King. "The event was beautiful," said Martha Pena '14. "Mr. Dixon’s speech was thought-provoking, but easy to understand. His message was clear: Stand up and make your mark. Wherever you go make sure to leave a legacy behind you."
The OMEGA students also took part in an enlightening session with Associate Director for Diversity Dr. Richard Haynes, in the UNH Admissions Office. “He was extraordinarily generous with his time,” said OMEGA advisor Jim King. “He gave our group a behind-the-scenes look at how a college application is appraised, plus an eye-opening pep talk about the importance of taking advantage of every opportunity to commit themselves and get the most out of their time in school.”
Rob Dixon Featured in America East Conference Celebration of Black History Month
Mr. Dixon was also honored by the America East Athletic Conference as part of a tribute for Black History Month. He is one of three athletes interviewed in the first installment of America East documentary about the role athletics has played in the history of black Americans. In this video, former UVM hockey champion Ian Boyce, second all-time leading scorer in UNH basketball Rob Dixon, and five-time All-American track & field athlete David Bobb reflect on their journeys of persistence and reslience as black athletes competing in the United States. All three of these men emphasize appreciation for the contributions made by those who came before them, and their own responsibility to open doors of opportunity for those who come after them.