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Pingree Riders Triumph at Junior Olympics

Recent grad Eliza Eddy '16 and rising seniors Katie Lichten '17 and Maddie Lichten '17 travelled to Parker, Colorado last month to represent the United States Eventing Association Area 1 Team at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, known to equestrians as the Junior Olympics. The Area 1 team draws riders from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. The riders from Pingree participated in the discipline of eventing, a competition involving dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. The Lichten sisters represented the Area 1 team, while Eddy competed individually.

The highly skilled Area 1 team managed a score of 150.7, propelling them to the top of the podium and earning them the gold medal. Katie and her horse RF luminati finished in seventh place overall with a score of 48.3. While Maddie was eliminated in the cross-country round, she was proud of how far the team had come and was thrilled for her sister and teammates. Eddy placed 27th overall in the individual competition.

Congrats to our incredible riders!

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Pingree hosts the seventh annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

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The seventh annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than 50 works by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School from September 3 to October 30, 2016. Beverly artists/art educators J. David and Barbara Broudo are this year's honorary chairs. The exhibit is one of the largest outdoor sculpture shows in New England and includes the work of artists whose work is in museums, galleries, and collections throughout the country. Pingree is the only school in the US to host such an expansive outdoor exhibit of sculpture.

The show is free and open to the public seven days a week during daylight hours. A full-color catalog is available in a "mailbox" on the campus. A free app for Smartphones is available will give visitors a map with details about the location of sculptures, the artists, and the pieces.

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Pingree welcomes a new class of scholars, artists, athletes, and activists

Pingree is delighted to welcome 89 new faces to campus as members of the Class of 2020!

This vibrant new class includes:

  • Students from 57 different schools: 43% from independent schools, 49% from public school, 4% from parochial and religious-affiliated schools, 3% from charter schools, and 1% who homeschooled
  • Students who have lived in Taiwan, Ireland, England, Dubai, Peru, India, Germany, and elsewhere
  • Trilingual and bilingual students, whose languages include Russian, Hindi, German, Mandarin, and Spanish
  • Students from 43 different towns and 2 states
  • An extraordinary number of students who are published and prize-winning authors, including one novelist
  • Skilled scholar-athletes, including a state ski champion, and nationally competitive performers in snowboarding, synchronized swimming, soccer, lacrosse, and figure skating
  • Musicians in the Northeast Youth Orchestra and New England Treble Chorus, including a first chair, all-district trumpet player, along with various rock 'n' rollers and pop and world music performers
  • A regional spelling bee champion, a geography bee champion, and numerous Scholastic Art Award winners
  • A nationally competitive Irish step dancer and a nationally competitive tap dancer
  • Human rights activists and fighters for social and climate justice

We are so pleased to welcome you and your families to the Pingree community!

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  • Students

Julia Pope '18 creates a stunning new mural for the Library Learning Commons

Over the course of the summer, sophomore Julia Pope has been hard at work creating a new mural for the Library Learning Commons. The idea sparked from a "general observation," says Pope.

"I noticed how many walls at Pingree were undecorated due to all the recent expansions and remodeling; I thought a mural would add some color and would be a great way to showcase the visual arts here."

She petitioned the idea directly to Head of School Dr. Tim Johnson and took the lead from there. The result is a stunning new wall mural depicting the front school's main mansion with a Pingree pegasus flying through the night sky above.

Be sure to swing by the library to check it out!

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  • Faculty

Mr. Smoker Releases SoulCove Music Video

For the past two years, choral music teacher Mr. Thom Smoker has been traveling to South Africa over spring break as executive director of the SoulCove Center for the Arts, a non-profit organization committed to uplifting and connecting communities through music. Each March, SoulCove works with children and staff at the Richmond Community Center of Richmond, South Africa to empower local youths and to nurture them into strong, engaged citizens. Through this collaboration, the Community Center has been able to harness the power of the arts to inspire and unite the community, which struggles with high rates of HIV/AIDS and fetal alcohol syndrome.

Mr. Smoker and co-executive director Rachel Azrak recently finished a music video and documentary chronicling their time in Richmond. Pingree encourages members of the community to share their story and to join in their effort to support the transformative power of music and the arts.

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO

WATCH THE FULL DOCUMENTARY

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  • Faculty

Ms. Karch leads an exciting environmental engineering project in Salem

Outside of her duties at Pingree, science teacher Kathy Karch, who serves as vice president of the Salem Alliance for the Environment (SAFE), has been hard at work on an exciting research project in the city of Salem. SAFE has in recent months been collaborating with Boston University Professor Nathan Phillips and Robert Ackley of Gas Safety, Inc. to detect, locate and document every fugitive natural gas leak in the city of Salem. The process entails using a mobile gas detection device called a Mobile Cavity Ringdown Spectrometer to locate leaks below the ground in the city's natural gas pipeline. For the past few weeks, the crew has literally been traveling street to street, covering all 94 miles of the city to ensure that no section is left unmonitored.

"The science is pretty cutting edge," says Karch. "One night, after moderating an in-studio interview, I rode with Mayor Kim Driscoll and others collecting data. It was exciting to have the mayor with us as we detected and then located a large gas leak."

Following the discovery, Mayor Driscoll called the leak into the National Grid.

"Oddly, the magnitude of a gas leak does not control whether or not a gas company has to fix the leak," explains Karch. "Rather, it is proximity to human structures. One huge leak we found (see diagram below) is far enough away from buildings that National Grid has allowed it to leak for over two years now (that's how long they've known about it). SAFE is hoping to push legislation that will change that.

A video documentary of the project is currently in the works to be aired on SATV. Karch is also hoping she can eventually share the team's work with current students by inviting a guest speaker to campus. Stay tuned for details!


The mobile cavity ringdown spectrometer used by Karch and the SAFE team.


A graphical representation of all the roads covered by the team thus far. From Karch: "Any spike is a gas leak. The higher the spike, the bigger the leak. The largest spike on this visual is 12ppm, 6 times higher than normal atmospheric methane levels."

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