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2019 International Day

News Type:  High School Date:  Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Landmark High School celebrated its Sixth International Day on Wednesday, April 3. The program included presentations, videos, and slideshows in the Black Box Theater by members of the International Group and faculty. Each year, the group selects a theme, and for 2019 the group chose "The Danger of a Single Story."

The concept of the danger of a single story was introduced in the powerful 2009 Ted talk by the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She explained how humans, races, countries, and situations can be reduced to a stereotype when people make assumptions or generalizations rather than considering the rich tapestry and complexities of a culture. The result is an incomplete picture and misunderstanding of others.

The "problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story,” Adichie said in the talk.

Celebrating Landmark's Diversity

The purpose of the day and mission of the International Group is to foster a sense of identity, acceptance, and belonging for the international community, as well as to explore, raise awareness, and honor Landmark's rich cultural and ethnic diversity.

Landmark High School teacher Kanella Zaralides spearheaded the effort. "As humans, we are wired for bias and often prone to adopting these single stories. However, one should not feel guilty of that intrinsic bias but, rather, work to reduce its potential effects,” she said. “We can use this awareness to motivate ourselves to learn a more complete story beyond the stereotypes. As our societies become more global, collaborative, and inclusive, our interactions should ideally grow to be more nuanced and respectful of the diverse backgrounds that create the rich tapestry of our community."

Personal Experiences with the Single Story Concept  

Jamaal Dixon, a teacher at the High School, explained that when he first attended a private middle school that was predominantly white, he made his own assumption—he assigned his peers to a single story. "I assumed all the white kids were rich. But I found out many of them were middle class like me," he said.

Ndaua Ndilula '20, who is from Namibia, said when he first came to the United States, he was asked if he wore clothes at home. In the media, most of what people see about Africa is "violence or poverty," he said. "It would be like if the U.S. was only known for the violence that happens here."

Ms. Zaralides, the lead faculty advisor of the International Group, asked the audience what they consider to be the single story of Landmark students. People in the audience offered, "stupid," "can’t read," "dyslexic." She affirmed that these are just one side—the single story—of many students here but there are many more attributes that define us.

In another session, students presented biographies of prominent figures and activists, such as inventor Otis Boykin; the Black Panthers, an activist organization that challenged police brutality; and rapper/criminal justice reform activist Meek Mill. Aliyah Knudsen '21 shared her experience being adopted from Ethiopia and making the transition to an entirely different culture.

Debunking Stereotypes

International students and those with close ties to foreign countries debunked stereotypes about those cultures and countries.  

Sunaina Hoon ‘22 highlighted several common misconceptions about life in India, including poverty, overpopulation, and whether there are elephants everywhere. She said that someone once even asked her if she kept an elephant in her basement. “No!” She acknowledged that there are places in the country where there is extreme poverty and overpopulation, but there is also a growing middle class there. Technology has brought with it the ability for many people to rise out of their impoverished backgrounds. She said that India is more modern than most people think. “We have everything you have here except Chipotle!”

Andy Leshaw '21, from Colombia shared, "Everyone wants to know if you are related to Pablo Escobar if you are from Colombia, which I’m not! People assume that you have some relationship to individuals in the drug culture of my country. It’s a common misconception we are working really hard to correct, but we have a long way to go with a longstanding civil war still raging.” He talked about the natural beauty of the country and its rainforest, orange groves, and diverse climates.

Yasmine Mostoufi ’22 said that her father, a doctor from Iran, sometimes faces discrimination from patients who make assumptions about him. She visited Iran eight years ago and remembers it as one of the most beautiful places she’d ever been, ripe with gorgeous art, rugs, and culture.

Pedro Slomp ‘19, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has faced similar assumptions about his country. He acknowledged that there are many pockets of his country, especially Rio, that are unsafe and known for violence. “A Landmark student once asked me if my dad was a drug lord. No, my dad is not a drug lord.”  He confirmed that some stereotypes are accurate. “We do eat a lot of rice and beans — even for breakfast. And yes, kids learn to play soccer at a very early age and it’s a huge part of the culture. It is also true that we love to dance and it’s a big part of our culture and especially Carnivale. Something people don’t know about Brazil is that it has one of the largest populations of Africans outside of Africa. We are a very diverse culture.”

Isabel West '20 and Lydia Jackson '20 discussed a monthly roundtable discussion they initiated. On the first Monday of each month, students meet at the Atomic Cafe in Beverly to discuss controversial topics, which have included age discrimination, border security and immigration, climate change, and mental illness. The concept is to learn about the views of others without judgment.

Travel for a Cause

Landmark teachers who spent March break volunteering at schools in Mozambique recounted their life-changing journey. Scott Blanchette, Michelle Boucher, and Mr. Dixon showed slideshows of the schools they visited. The classes ranged from small and intimate (think Landmark) to large and loud. But the students all embraced their studies and their American visitors. The presentation and the meaningful Q&A session that followed gave the Landmark community valuable perspective.

Two groups of Landmark students visited the Dominican Republic over spring break. Gillian Garvey '19, Gaby Kenney '20, and Jamie Pehl '21 reported on their visit to Nuestros Hermanos Pequenos (My Little Brothers and Sisters) orphanage, where they had spent a week working with the children. Ethan Kerr '21, Erin Morrisseau '20, and Violet Tetel '21 shared their stories of mixing concrete to build and restore people’s homes in area villages.   

Katya Leikikh '20 told the audience about her summer trip to Nepal, where she lived with a family there and did infrastructure work.

Other faculty members closely involved with the initiative include: Jennifer Day, Mr. Dixon, Kylie Murphy, Eleni Nikitas, Victoria Tansey, and Caroline Teague.


Track Team Breaks Four School Records

News Type:  High School Date:  Monday, April 8, 2019

landmark high school girls relay teamThe varsity track team started the season off with a strong showing at the Concord Relays on April 6, breaking four school records!

The girl's sprint team of Nevada Fehay, Kindred Hurtado, Julia Kautz, and Lily Martin stole the show, breaking school records in the 4x100 (by 2.5 seconds!) and in the 4x200. Nevada also bested her own school record in the long jump, winning the event with a jump of 15' 4.5".

The girl's high jumpers showed their immense potential with Lucie Lott, Kindred Hurtado, and Olivia Moran jumping over four feet. This is the first time in school history we've had three girls jump higher than four feet in one meet.

The boys excelled in the sprint relays as well. In the 4x100, Arlo Grey, Sam Lagan, Sam Knight, and August Reid won the event, missing the school record, by a mere .09 seconds!

The boys 4x200 put on a show, with Sam and Sam building up a massive lead over the first two legs. Luca Miranda and August held the other team's closers off for the win—and a new school record. 

The distance boys ran the meet as a workout. Ryan Shea set a personal record in the mile, 800, and 400. 

Brett Cicciolo cleared 5' 8" in the high jump, narrowly missing 5' 10"—an excellent first competition of the season! 

Dashing Through the Gym

News Type:  High School Date:  Monday, March 18, 2019

sam lagan 40 yard dashMore than 60 Landmark High School students and faculty dusted off their running shoes and sprinted across the gym in March, competing in the first-ever 40-yard dash competition. Tom O’Riordan, Landmark’s esteemed cross country and track coach, organized the event. Perhaps he had recruiting in mind? Nine females clocked in under six seconds, and 14 males under five seconds.

Top Three Boys

Matt Balestracci ‘19: 4.623

Sam Lagan ‘19: 4.658

Sam Knight ‘19: 4.664

Top Three Girls

Merryl Green ‘19: 5.114

Nevada Fahey ‘21: 5.538

Bella Cahill ‘21: 5.542

Wellness Week

News Type:  High School Date:  Thursday, March 7, 2019

During the week leading up to the High School March break, students were encouraged to strap on their sneakers, whip up a green smoothie, and take time each day to practice mindfulness. Wellness Week is a new initiative organized by high school faculty members, John Michaud and Lauren Torres. “The goal is to help students develop an interest in and strategies to support their physical, mental, and emotional health”, said Torres. The idea came from a conversation she had with Michaud about how challenging it can be to get students to enthusiastically participate in physical education classes. The two fitness enthusiasts planned the week with the goal of getting students to recognize the benefits of healthy choices and buy-in to establishing some healthy habits.

Study Skills teacher Lindsay Banks and Science teacher Jennifer Kuhns co-teach a health and wellness class and worked with the PE and marketing departments to help students distill some of what they learned to generate a series of posters promoting health (see below). Other faculty members filled out health and wellness questionnaires sharing their views on exercise, diet, managing stress, and more (see links below). Torres and Michaud sent out helpful links to fitness tracking and meditation apps as well as myths and facts about health and wellness. Afterschool activities held during the week included a three-on-three basketball game and a 40-yard dash competition. 

Students are heading in to their vacation fueled with information, insight, and hopefully inspiration to get and stay healthy over the break and throughout the year. 

Meet some of our High School faculty members and learn about how they stay healthy: 

Bill Barrett
Scott Blanchette​
Michelle Boucher
Mary Guinee
Chris Hunt
Kathleen Kiely
Kate Kinsman
Betty Tremblay
Steve Walcowicz
Christine Vander Werf

Selected posters courtesy of the High School Health and Wellness class:
Thank you Bella, Clyde, Josh, Lucy, MacKenzie, Nick, and Violet






High School Faculty/Staff Art Exhibit

News Type:  High School Date:  Tuesday, March 5, 2019

On Wednesday, February 27, as the late winter sun was setting, high school faculty and staff members, joined by their parents, children, and friends, gathered in the Inspiration Gallery to share the creative pursuits of their colleagues. This first-ever faculty/staff art show featured audio recordings, quilts, pottery, photography, weavings, woodwork, knitting, carvings, light fixtures, short stories, calligraphy, and everything in between.

Headmaster, Bob Broudo said, "I'm always impressed by the talents of our faculty and staff but this exhibit, and the creativity and the high caliber of this work, is truly remarkable. This community continues to blow me away."

The exhibit, curated and hung by the high school art department heads, Kara Healey and Beth Jamieson, will undoubtedly be the first of many.

The show is currently on view and open to members of the Landmark community.





Evening of Dance 2019

News Type:  High School Date:  Tuesday, March 5, 2019

landmark school evening of dance 2019On Feb. 21 and 22, 2019, members of the Performing Arts Department's Dance Troupe impressed audiences with their poise, teamwork, and talent. Twenty high school students performed an ambitious selection of performances, from large group numbers to solos, in genres spanning hip-hop to modern jazz to lyrical. 

Kelli-Ann Camacho, head of the Dance Department, choreographed most of the dances, and Paige O'Connor, the after-school dance instructor at the High School, choreographed a selection of the solos and duets. Piper Nichols '19 and Nellie Maxwell '19 self-choreographed their solos. Nellie incorporated sign language into her performance. An Evening of Dance, an annual two-night celebration of dance, gives students the opportunity to showcase their dedication to their art. 

"Each dance had different themes or stories ranging from hope, struggle, bullying, ghosts, and love. I have been doing this show for 10 years now and every year it continues to get bigger and better," said Ms. Camacho. "I’m very lucky that I get the opportunity to watch the students evolve as dancers and performers. I get to see their confidence grow. It’s the best feeling seeing them come off stage with the biggest smile on their faces because they have a huge sense of accomplishment. I am beyond proud of my students. "

Wrestlers Advance to Regional, National Competitions

News Type:  High School Date:  Wednesday, February 27, 2019

landmark wrestlers at new englandsIn February, six Landmark wrestlers qualified to compete in the 72nd Annual New England Independent School Wrestling Association (NEISWA) Championships at Greens Farms Academy in Wesport, Conn. George Athanasiadis '21, Isaiah and Josiah Castellucci, '19, '21, Ethan Kerr '21, John Simpson '20, and Rudy Wurlitzer '22 all performed admirably and represented themselves and Landmark with class and great sportsmanship. 

Isaiah took sixth and Josiah fifth in their respective weigh classes, and both advanced to the National Prep Championships at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. They were two of four students in the Eastern Independent League who made Nationals. The top six finishers in each weight class in New Englands receive an invitation to Nationals.

Landmark Represented at National Competition

At the National match on February 22, Josiah was pinned twice, pushing him out of the double elimination castellucci wrestling nationalstournament. Isaiah lost his first match but went on to win his next two decisions. He needed to win again to wrestle on February 23. He lost his match by injury disqualification when his jaw collided with his opponent's head, forcing him out of the tournament.  

While neither student placed, it was an accomplishment to receive an invitation to participate. It is an honor few others from Landmark have enjoyed. Jason Haley '02 placed seventh at Nationals his senior year and then placed fifth with Northfield Mt. Hermon as a post-grad in 2003. David Giovannacci '14 placed just outside the eighth and final medal spot at ninth for the 220 weight class.

Coaches vs. Cancer Raises Thousands

News Type:  High School Date:  Wednesday, February 27, 2019

2019 coaches vs cancer landmark schoolThe Landmark High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball team hosted the Fourth Annual Coaches vs. Cancer game on Friday, February 22, at the Ansara Center. The event raised more than $4,000 for the American Cancer Society. All funds will go directly to the American Cancer Society, which works to prevent cancer, save lives, and reduce cancer-related suffering. 

The evening began with the Boys Varsity Basketball win over Covenant Christian Academy (CCA), followed by a silent auction, bake and t-shirt sale, pizza dinner, and culminated with the girls' season-ending game against CCA.

The stands were jammed with students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends and the excitement was palpable. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to organize this memorable community event. 

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide program organized by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). 

A Celebration of Landmark's Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

News Type:  High School Date:  Monday, February 25, 2019

poster of joy for mother language dayOn February 21, Landmark students joined hundreds of schools around the world in celebrating International Mother Language Day, participating in events to showcase the many languages spoken on campus.

UNESCO has named 2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages in an effort to preserve languages in danger of extinction and to allow indigenous populations to be educated in their mother tongue (40% of the world population still does not have access to education in their native language).

Students and faculty made the third Landmark International Mother Language Day a success by speaking and sharing the different languages they knew, writing equivalents for the words "hope," "joy," and "loyalty" in those languages on posters. They also played word games, including one that required them to test their morphology knowledge and another to match English words and their equivalents in foreign languages. Landmark's ever-supportive Sage staff prepared delicious rice pudding with assorted toppings that added a festive flavor to the day.

The word "joy" was chosen in honor of Mrs. El Heneidy, whose middle name was Joy.

An impressive 25 foreign languages are understood at Landmark, from French to Farsi to Spanish to Swedish.

History of International Mother Language Day

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established International Mother Language Day in 1999 to to recognize that speaking in one's mother language is a human right.  International Mother Language Day commemorates the February 21, 1952, killing of four college students by police in East Bengal (now Bangladesh) who were protesting for the right to speak Bengali, their mother language. The government had declared Urdu the only official language. After years of protests, the government made Bengali the official language of the country in 1956.

High School Students Win Scholastic Art Awards

News Type:  High School Date:  Wednesday, February 20, 2019

kiki finn scholastic gold key winnerLandmark High School students won a total of 30 awards at the regional level of the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Five students won the Gold Key Award, five the Silver Key, and 13 students earned a total of 20 Honorable Mentions. (See below for a full list.)

"This year students from all classes and media were recognized with Scholastic Art Awards, including Foundations, Photography, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Printmaking, and Portfolio. This also means that each of our five teachers is responsible for instructing and mentoring award winning students," said Art Department Co-Head Beth Jamieson. "Students from all levels from ninth to 12th grade were also recognized, which speaks not only to the strength of our most advanced students, but also to the potential in our youngest artists. Our students do not make their work to get awards, however, there is something rewarding about seeing their work recognized beyond the boundaries of Landmark, alongside their peers from across Massachusetts." 

The work by Gold Key recipients will be on display from March 16–25, 2019, at Breed Hall, Tufts University, 51 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA  02155, and will be judged at the national level by a panel of renown artists, authors, educators, and industry experts. The Silver and Honorable Mention work will be put on display in Landmark's Inspiration Gallery.


Gold Key

  • Eleanor Bradley, Drawing
  • Kiki Finn, Mixed Media
  • Coco Haseltine, Drawing
  • Lydia Jackson, Mixed Media
  • Andrew Meador, Digital Art

Silver Key

  • Eleanor Bradley, Drawing
  • Anya Crowley, Drawing
  • Gabby Kenny, Digital Art
  • Kalle Migliaccio, Woodworking
  • Dante Vukotik, Digital Art

Honorable Mention

  • Ellie Becker, Printmaking
  • Eleanor Bradley, Digital Art
  • Casper Childs, Drawing
  • Caster Childs, Drawing
  • Anya Crowley, Drawing
  • Anya Crowley, Printmaking
  • Coco Haseltine, Sculpture
  • Coco Haseltine, Drawing
  • Coco Hasetine, Ceramics
  • Gabby Kenny, Mixed Media
  • Chloe Kinteris, Drawing
  • Chloe Kinteris, Digital Art
  • Elijah Kline, Drawing
  • Elijah Kline, Drawing
  • Elijah Kline, Digital Art
  • Max Lukegord, Photography
  • Dominic Paolini, Photography
  • Andre Richard, Printmaking
  • Ale Rojas, Mixed Media
  • Amelia Silvestro, Drawing

Award Categories

Gold Key

The best works submitted to local programs. Gold Key works are automatically considered for national-level recognition.

Silver Key

Standout works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability.

Honorable Mention

Accomplished works submitted to local programs showing great skill and potential.

History of the Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognize student achievement in the visual and literary arts in 29 categories, including editorial cartoon, poetry, graphic design, fashion, science fiction, video-game design, and more. Founded in 1923, the awards are the nation's longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts. Students in grades 7–12 from public, private, and home schools throughout the U.S. and its territories can submit works to the awards. 



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