Pingree News Archive

Pingree Robotics Awarded $4,000 Grant

Pingree Robotics was recently awarded a $4,000 grant from Analog Devices. AD is a strong supporter of scholastic robotics and makes grants available to schools where employees' children participate in robotics. Syam Veluri (parent of Pranav '19), works for AD and has been instrumental in helping the team prepare the application for the grant this year. This is the third year that Pingree has received such a grant from AD. In previous years, Tom and Eileen Kelly (parents of Peter and Max '17) helped guide the Robotics team through the application process.

In addition, Pingree has received support this year from eStem, a New Hampshire-based robotics parts and training materials distributor. eStem is headed by Michael Ogilvy (brother-in-law to our own Skip Lane), and been generous in lending Pingree some hard-to-find replacement parts for this season.

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Five Students' Photography Work on Exhibit at Regis College

Five seniors from the Advanced Photography class will be participating in the first annual Griffin Museum Secondary School Photography Exhibit at Regis College. Eighteen schools, both public and independent, will have work in the exhibit.

Congratulations to the Pingree photographers included in the exhibit: Nicole Capozzi, Izzy DiAdamo, Libby LeStage, Jackson Rogers, and Dray Sawyer.

The exhibit will run through January 18 at the Carney Gallery in Regis College's Fine Arts Center. Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, will jury the show and award prizes, including the Griffin Award. The show is made possible with a grant from the Gertler Clark Foundation.

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Bienvenidos, Amigos

On Thursday, November 29, Pingree welcomed eighteen students and two chaperones from Barcelona, Spain, to participate in the first half of our exchange with the Col-legi Pare Manyanet. During their visit with us through December 10, our guests will experience home life with Pingree families, participate in classes with their student hosts, and explore the history and culture of our region through cultural visits and excursions to Boston, Salem, and more. This is the fifteenth year the exchange has occurred. ¡Bienvenidos! Benvinguts! Welcome!

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Improv-2-Improve Invited to Perform at Human Rights Day Event

Improv-2-Improve has been invited to perform as the main event at the International Human Rights Day & Community Gathering at Beverly City Hall on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. The Beverly Human Rights Committee also plans to feature Improv-2-Improve in the Salem News.

Improv-2-Improve is Pingree School's social justice theater troupe. The goal of our work is to highlight relevant issues and topics related to the current national climate. On the evening of December 6, the group will be presenting a series of original scenes that depict various forms of discrimination and oppression. The audience will be invited to step into the scenes and participate in the improvisation in order to change the outcome for the better. We hope this form of engaging, interactive theater will help inspire audience discussion and action for change.

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Fall Sports Awards Winners

As the winter season of athletics begins, we pause to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of our student-athletes during the 2018 fall athletics season. The following list highlights students who earned league honors as well as the honors awarded by their coaches and peers at Pingree School. Congratulations to all!

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Eight Pingree Seniors Commit to Collegiate Sports On National Letter of Intent Signing Day

Eight student-athletes from Pingree School signed national letters of intent on Wednesday, accepting offers to play collegiate sports.

"This has been an incredible National Signing Day and one of Pingree's biggest classes of Division 1 college commits," said Betsy Kennedy, Pingree's athletic director. "These seniors are so talented and hard-working, and today is the fulfillment of a dream for them. We are excited to watch them continue to compete and grow over the next four years."

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Essex Art Collective Works on Display in Bertolon Gallery

Now on display, from October 22 to December 2, 2018, are a number of works from the Essex Art Collective, a group of ten artists from the North Shore area working in various art disciplines. Please join us for the opening reception with the artists on Sunday, November 4, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Bertolon Gallery is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and admittance is free of charge.

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Pingree Math Team Wins

Congratulations to the Pingree School Mathematics Team on the win in the first meet of the 2018-2019 Massachusetts Mathematics League! They met on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Manchester-Essex School with fierce competition from schools including Hamilton-Wenham, Ipswich, Masconomet, Pentucket, and Rockport. After a warm-up of pizza and snacks, the students participated in six individual rounds where each round has three questions on a certain area of mathematics such as Geometry, Inequalities, Fractions or Linear Equations. After the individual rounds, all team members work together on questions for a team round. Scoring 10 points each for Pingree were Arvind Pillai and Kabir Reddy closely followed by 8-point scorers Elias Larsen, Ashwin Ramanathan, and Pranav Veluri. Rounding out the team were Gabriella Roelofs with 4 points, followed by Lara Roelofs and Tovah Lockwood contributing 2 points each. That made Pingree's final score 52, with the next closest team at 49 points. This was a great showing for the first meet of the season!

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Jud Smith '75 wins sailing World Championship

Jud Smith '75, a member of Pingree's Athletics Honor Society, recently won the 2018 West Marine J/70 World Open Championships held in Marblehead. Jud and his teammates beat the rest of the 91-boat field by a single point by dint of a conservative, consistent strategy. The regatta feature 91 teams from 18 countries and points were tallied over the course of four days and 11 races. This marks Jud's tenth World Championship title, and winning it at home is particularly special. Read more from Wicked Local Marblehead, Salem News, and

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Victoria Carlson '19 and Team Earn Second Place in National Synchronized Swimming Competition

As reported previously, Victoria Carlson '19 is a nationally-competitive synchronized swimmer and part of the Andover/North Andover YMCA synchronized swimming team, ANA Synchro. Victoria started swimming with a local YMCA recreational program when she was 7 years old and joined the North Shore Selkies in third grade. This is her second season with ANA Synchro, her tenth season overall. As a dedicated athlete, Victoria trains four to five times per week, 20 hours or more depending on where they are in their competition season, and commutes over 10 hours per week to get to the pool.

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Ryan Lynch '20 Earns Eagle Scout Award

Capping off eight years of community service, skills development, and scouting adventures, Ryan Lynch of Boy Scout Troop 35 of Hamilton has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The final step in the arduous process was completing his Eagle project, making functional and aesthetic improvements to the meeting space known as "the Barn" on the grounds of the historic First Congregational Church of Hamilton. He was also awarded the Bronze Palm in recognition of earning at least five more merit badges in excess of the twenty-one required for the Eagle rank.

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