Inquire Now

American Math Competition

In February 15, 24 Stoneleigh-Burnham students participated in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC). This contest is run by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and is aimed at developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills in students across the country. Students from SBS participated in either the AMC 10 or AMC 12 contest here on campus. They had 75 minutes to solve 25 problems ranging from easy to very difficult.

During Housemeeting on April 21, math teacher Roger Turton presented certificates to the winners of the contest. The results of the AMC 12 contest are: Wenzhen (Joanna) Zhang ‘18 and Shaojie (Lula) Zhang ‘17 tied for 1st place, and Yaai (Christine) Qiao ‘18 placed 2nd. For the AMC 10 contest, Tiantian (Ryan) Qi ’19 won first place, Abigail Von Plinsky ’19 placed 2nd, and Yongyi (Edith) Wang ’19 placed 3rd.

The following students also participated in the AMC 12: Isabel Branzei, Yuemeng Huang, Elena Launert, Huhua Liu, Siyana Nikolova, Yizhen Song, and Lanzehang Ying.

These students also participated in the AMC 10: Adriana Bermudez Ortiz, Sherry Chen, Chloe Hughes, Ira Hysi, Katharine Kowalyshyn, Jacquelynn Lin, Joy Lundberg, Sophie Reitz, Yixuan Sun, Yuling Yang, and Jingyao Yu.

Teacher Roger Turton announces AMC winners at Housemeeting.

 

 

Isabela Cusano ’19 Places 4th in National IEA Finals

Congratulations to Stoneleigh-Burnham rider Isabela Cusano ‘19 on placing fourth in beginner flat equitation individually at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA, April 21-23.

Cusano is a member of the Stoneleigh-Burnham IEA team. She qualified for the National Finals by winning first place at the IEA Zone 1 Finals held at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA, April 1-2. This placed Isabela #1 in New England in her division.

Isabela Cusano ’19 Heads to IEA Nationals

Isabela Cusano ’19 will compete at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals Competition at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA this weekend, April 21-23. She qualified for this competition by winning first place at the IEA Zone 1 Finals held at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA on April 1 and 2. This placed Isabela #1 in New England in her division. Congratulations and good luck, Isabela!

Sophie Hathaway ’18 Succeeds at World Debate Competition

Sophie Hathaway thanks Karen Suchenski for traveling to Sydney with her.

Sophie Hathaway ‘18 has returned from a phenomenal performance at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship in Sydney, Australia. A member of the U.S. team, she was one of 120 competitors from 12 countries competing at the world level in Sydney April 7-12.

Hathaway, a member of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate and Public Speaking Society, earned 6th place in After Dinner Speaking and 12th place in Interpretive Reading.

The SBS community welcomed her back to campus and congratulated her at Housemeeting on Tuesday, April 18.

Dr. Paul Bassett, head coach of the SBS Debate & Public Speaking Society, lauded Hathaway for her focused preparation and stellar performance. He also thanked Head of School Sally Mixsell and the school administration, faculty, and students for being supportive of the debate and public speaking program at SBS.

“Thank you for supporting our girls in finding and using their voices,” he said.

Hathaway was accompanied on the trip by faculty member Karen Suchenski, a debate coach, an 8th grade Humanities teacher at SBS, and staff member of the school’s summer debate camp, A Voice of Her Own.

Before the trip, Hathaway worked closely with her coaches to prepare for the world competition.

“She’s grown a lot from the experience,” Dr. Bassett said. “She was already an impressive speaker, but the experience of competing on the world stage has really upped her game.”

Hathaway  joins an elite group of world competitors from SBS dating back to 1988. She is the 16th student to compete on the world stage. See the full list here.

Sophie qualified for the world competition after competing at the International Independent School Public Speaking League tournament in West Vancouver, B.C., Canada in October 2016.

Hathway is a day student from Greenfield, MA, who has attended Stoneleigh-Burnham since 7th grade. She said her rhetoric teachers Dr. Bassett and Cyndee Meese saw her potential as a debater and public speaker when she was in middle school and have motivated her to step out of her comfort zone to achieve success.

Sophie Hathaway in Syndey.

SBS Poetry Festival

Stoneleigh-Burnham School held its annual Poetry Festival on April 13. The event marked National Poetry Month and celebrated student poetry with readings and a poetry contest.

The three prize-winning student poems are: Cherished Imperfections by Amelia Opsahl ’21, Twilight’s Lullaby by Gwen Healy ’19, and Ingrained Pain by Miles DeClue ’18. Read the students’ poems on our school blog, “View from the Nest.”

Guest poet Paul Mariani read from his work, and entertained questions in a lively discussion. Read more about the event and our guest poet here.

World Debate Competition Update

Sophie Hathaway ‘18 has made the finals in two events at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Paul Bassett, head coach of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate and Public Speaking Society, reported that Hathaway has made the finals in both After Dinner Speaking and Interpretive Reading, two of four events in which every student competes. Dr. Bassett said that typically six to eight competitors make the finals in each of the four events, which also include Impromptu Speaking and Debate. The competition continues through today, Wednesday, April 12 as students vie for World Champion overall and in each of the categories.

Annual Stoneleigh-Burnham Poetry Festival

Stoneleigh-Burnham School is pleased to welcome poet Paul Mariani to the Poetry Festival on April 13.

April is National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. To mark Poetry Month, SBS will hold its annual Poetry Festival hosting a guest poet and celebrating student poetry with a poetry contest. The festival will begin at 7 p.m. in the Capen Room, immediately following Formal Dinner. The event is free and open to the public.

English Department Chair Jacob Steward will open the festival with words of welcome. Then, students who won the poetry contest will read their winning poems. Mariani will then read some of his poetry, discuss his experience as a poet, and take questions.

Paul Mariani is the University Professor of English emeritus at Boston College. He has published 250 essays, introductions, and reviews, as well as scholarly chapters in anthologies and scholarly encyclopedias, and is the author of 18 books, including biographies of William Carlos Williams, Berryman, Lowell, Hart Crane, Hopkins, and Wallace Stevens. He has published seven volumes of poetry, most recently Epitaphs for the Journey, and Thirty Days: on Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim and the NEA and NEH. He is the recipient of the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry. For 15 years he taught at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and another 15 years at the Image Conferences in Colorado, Santa Fe, and Seattle. His life of Hart Crane, The Broken Tower, a feature-length film, directed by and starring James Franco, was released in 2012. He served as Poetry Editor of America Magazine 2000-2006. His poetry has appeared in Poetry, Image, The Agni Review, First Things, New England Review, Hudson Review, Tri-Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, New Criterion, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Sewanee Theological Review,  Gettysburg Review, Santa Clara Review, Doubletake, Boston College Magazine, and Southern Quarterly, as well as in numerous anthologies of contemporary poetry.

SBS Girls Rising Concert Featured in Local Newspaper

SBS practice in their Rock Band class.

Stoneleigh-Burnham School was featured in an article about the benefit concert our school is hosting for Girls Rising, a nonprofit dedicated to the empowerment of girls and women, on Saturday, April 8. The Greenfield Recorder published an article about the concert featuring bands Antigone Rising, Kalliope Jones and our own Upper School Rock Bands.

Read the full article here.

The concert will be held in Emerson Hall and doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 6:15 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.

SBS Wins First at Public Speaking Tournament

On Sunday, April 2, the Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate and Public Speaking Society team won first place at a public speaking tournament held at Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH).

At Housemeeting on Tuesday, April 4, Head Coach Dr. Paul Bassett noted how proud he was of the team that competed at NMH against seven other schools. He noted that the team was made up of five of the Society’s less experienced members, including some students for whom this was their first official competition.

“This is your first place team!” he said, recognizing Francelyse (Frannie) Joseph ’18, Miles DeClue ’18, Jacqueline (Jax) Morgan ’19, Annalie Gilbert Keith ’18, and Nes Mager ’20.

Morgan took first place in Interpretive Reading, and de Clue took third in that category. Morgan also took third in After Dinner Speeches. Dr. Bassett said several other members of the team had high scores, and in some cases their individual best scores to date, in various categories.

Sophie Hathway ’18 Heads to World Debate Competition

Sophie Hathaway ’18 of Greenfield, MA is on her way to Sydney, Australia as part of the U.S. Team at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship. The competition will be held April 7-12.

She joins an elite group of world competitors from Stoneleigh-Burnham School dating back to 1988. She is the 16th student to compete on the world stage. She is a member of the SBS Debate and Public Speaking Society who has attended Stoneleigh-Burnham since the seventh grade. Read more about Sophie’s road to Worlds here. Good luck, Sophie!