Berklee High School Jazz Festival Report!

The Waynflete Upper School Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combo recently spent two nights in Massachusetts in order to attend the Berklee College of Music 46th Annual High School Jazz Festival in Boston.  The 2014 Berklee festival was the largest of its kind in the United States with 128 participating schools from 13 states.  The Waynflete Jazz Combo finished ahead of all Maine schools in its division and settled into 8th place (out of 13) in an extremely competitive field with schools from as far away as Idyllwild, California!

The trip ended with a safe return to Waynflete on Sunday afternoon.  The Jazz Combo will be participating in the Maine Music Educators Association District II Jazz Festival on February 27th with the goal of qualifying for the State Jazz Festival coming up March 14-15, 2014.

Berklee performance sets and participants:

 

Upper School Jazz Combo

 

The Great Stream by Pat Martino

‘Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams and Bernie Hanighen

Cakewalk by Oscar Peterson

 

Graham Chance ’14 – Drums

Ali Ghorashi ’15 – Piano

Max Rowe ’14 – Guitar

Joey Schnier ’14 – Electric Bass

 

 

Upper School Jazz Ensemble

 

Jungle Gym by Matt Harris

Imagination by Johnny Burke and James Van Heusen

Ko-Ko by Duke Ellington

 

Graham Chance ’14 – Drums

Stephen Epstein ’15 – Electric Bass

Matt Foshay ’17 – Alto Sax

Owen Gervais ’17 – Guitar

Ali Ghorashi ’15 – Piano

Jacob Hagler ’15 – Guitar

Julian Ireland ’15 – Tenor Sax

Boni Kabongo ’14 – Baritone Sax

Gavi King ’15 – Alto Sax

Sophia Mayone ’17 – Trombone

Jack Meahl ’17- Piano

Toby Nye ’17 – Upright Bass

Max Rowe ’14 – Guitar

Jack Weston ’16 – Piano

 

 

Caring Participation in the World: Waynflete Faculty and Students “Shoulder to Shoulder” as Global Citizens

The Waynflete mission includes “caring participation in the world” as a core value of the School.  The realities of globalization are calling for a new kind of student preparedness – one that arises from an emphasis on service, empathy, human dignity and community engagement while acknowledging our shared destiny.  We are pleased to announce that Waynflete is now a coalition member of Students Shoulder to Shoulder, an International School of Global Citizenship.  The Coalition offer opportunities for our own faculty to travel and learn about integrating global awareness into their work here at school.  Shoulder to Shoulder’s hands on service trips are open to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th who want to actively engage in service learning in the U.S. and abroad and take place in June and July in 9 diverse locations, 2 in the U.S. and 7 abroad. Last year, 6-12 faculty member Jim Millard traveled to Cambodia to learn more about SStS and spoke highly of the opportunity to problem solve global issues in a hands on way with a small group of 8-10 committed young people from other member schools.  Read more about the different projects and locations at shouldertoshoulder.com.

 

Says faculty member, Jim Millard, “My experience in Cambodia with SStS reached deep into all parts of my consciousness. Traveling to the other side of the planet, seeing a culture completely different from ours, living with people with whom I could barely speak because we do not share a language and realizing that when we examine the core values of our lives, we are all the same, made me know in the deepest way possible that our world is one community in need of the same essential nurturing — decent food and shelter, basic medical care, and human love and respect. And that for far too many of us, much of this is missing. I returned with greater resolve to help others share this view of the world and work to change it.”

 

Meredith Nelligan, ‘14 and Forest Chap ‘13 also went on trips to Nepal and Cambodia respectively.   They both speak of their experiences as “life-changing” and catalysts for a strong commitment to future global service.  Forest Chap worked with young students on a remote island of Koh Preah, Cambodia and shares the impact of being immersed in their world.

 

“My trip to Cambodia was not just a service trip. It was a chance of a lifetime. The people I met, jobs I did and places I went truly changed me bringing curiosity to the forefront of my mind, and behind it, the drive to pursue something greater than myself.  Though I was half-way around the world and in the middle of a jungle, out of my element in a challenging setting, I saw the light through the shade. Waynflete taught me core values vital to the person I am today: be curious, be accepting and go after what you love. These came together in a dusty classroom on the island of Koh Preah, Cambodia where, despite a huge language barrier between myself and the kids, I found familiar ground through drawing. Back and forth we went, drawing and translating in our own tongues, teaching and learning, together.  Moments like this cannot be taught and must be experienced.  SStS is about creating connections, and helped me realize the common bonds that all human beings share.”

 

Shoulder to Shoulder trips begin with pre-trip online curriculum to help faculty and students learn in depth about the country where they’ll serve. Close ongoing relationships with NGO leaders ensure the projects are meaningful and useful to each community.  Groups work hard every day, experience a home-stay, form close knit bonds and expand their comfort zone through conversation and reflection.  Students get to learn experientially that they are not too young to apply real world solutions to specific environmental, social and educational challenges through hard work and collaboration.

 

We are looking forward to the ways that Waynflete’s own faculty and students can bring new perspectives and learning from Shoulder to Shoulder trips back to Waynflete as they work together on the opportunity to host our own school-wide Global Forum next fall.  Our willingness to seek understanding, to collaborate and to communicate across differences are critical factors in a positive future for our planet.  Students interested in Shoulder to Shoulder trips can contact Lydia Maier, Upper School Dean of Students and visit shouldertoshoulder.com to learn more.

Miss Maine Basketball Banner

On January 31st the Waynflete Basketball program welcomed 2013 graduate Martha Veroneau back to campus to unveil the Miss Maine Basketball banner.  Martha was chosen by the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches as the recipient of the prestigious Miss Maine Basketball Award.  The award goes to one girl and one boy in Maine each year.  “The Mister and Miss Maine Basketball Award is presented each year to the senior player who has exhibited outstanding skills throughout his/her career, has made a significant impact on his/her team, has demonstrated respect for the game through leadership on and off the court, has epitomized the values of sportsmanship and has been a positive school and community citizen.”

In the twenty-six year history of the award, Martha became only the fourth winner from a class C size school and the first in the last eleven years. Currently there are 140 basketball teams in the state. One player is selected among three finalists. The three finalists come from all regions and classes. For a Waynflete player to be recognized in basketball at the state level is an astonishing feat.

Accompanying Martha at the banner ceremony were her sisters Catherine ‘13 and Anne who played with her on the 2013 Class C State Championship Team.  Also joining Martha on this night were her mother Nancy, her father Vin, and her siblings Margaret, Joe, John and Michael.

Before the girls varsity game vs Sacopee Valley, Martha was brought to center court while current team captains Leigh Fernandez and Julianna Harwood unveiled the banner.  After the ceremony, the girls varsity basketball team defeated Sacopee Valley 50-30 to move to 10-6 on the season.  This was also the Second Annual Think Pink Night for the team, and they raised $500 for the maine Cancer Society through a raffle and sales of Coaches vs Cancer Awareness cards which circled the wall of the gym.

Coach Brandon Salway’s comment:  “Martha was an elite competitor. She was the rare athlete that always played better when the stage and significance of the game were the biggest. She made everyone better.  Martha earned this award because of her outstanding ability and performances but also through her relentless effort, leadership and sportsmanship.  Her character and determination set her apart. “

The Thousandth Point
The Thousandth Point

 

Veroneau Teammates
Veroneau Teammates

 

Veroneau Family minus Andrew
Veroneau Family minus Andrew

 

 


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee began as a non-musical play called C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, performed by the improvisational group “The Farm.” The show was later developed into a fully staged musical but retains several sections that rely on the actors to give and take in the moment with very little pre-planning. One of the reasons I was drawn to this show, as a director, is the playful unexpectedness and improvisational tone. In addition to improvisation as part of the finished show it is essential to our rehearsals.   As an acting exercise I invited six of the actors from our show to sit down with me for an interview, in character.  This short film is a glimpse into that interview and is framed as a mockumentary a la Inside the Actor’s Studio.   Filmed and edited by our Upper and Middle Schools’ Film Instructor, Olivia Gunn, this video is a quick glimpse into what’s in store during the actual show.  Featured in the video below are Avalena Linsky, Dyer Rhoads, Olivia Troiano, Nora Daly, Scott Ralston, & Will Manny.

Rich Henry Surpasses 100 Wins

Congratulations to Waynflete Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Rich Henry who has recently exceeded 100 wins while at the helm of the Waynflete program.  Rich reached the milestone with a 75-35 win over North Yarmouth Academy on January 11th.  The Waynflete boys have continued to play well and are currently 12-2 and ranked fourth in Class C West.  Rich now has 105 wins for his career.  Taking over the program to start the 2004-2005 season, Rich Henry has built the Flyers into one of the top Class C programs in Maine over his ten year stay.  His teams go to the post-season consistently and in 2013 the boys had their best season ever, going 17-2 and reaching the Western Maine Championship game.  Rich credits the success of the program to the great players and leaders he has coached and the strong support from the parents and the entire Waynflete community.  However, Coach Henry, who captained the University of Maine team in 1986, has been the catalyst for the success.  His focus on strength training, team play and defense have earned the program more and more wins every year and several conference championships.  Congratulations to Coach Henry and Waynflete Boys Basketball.   Good luck to the team in this year’s post season.