4 • BFS Newsletter
Announcements and Achievements
A Report from Head of School Michael Nill
In all areas of school life, 2005-2006 has been an exhilarating yea , marked by a number of achievements by the student bod , the faculty and, institutionall , by the school.
The Class of 2006 has distinguished itself as a high-achieving and won-
derfully diverse group of scholars, artists, athletes, and community advocates. Many took advantage of the early action and early decision options in the col- lege admission process and overall a high percentage gained admission to their first-choice college. Paul A. Lacey, presiding clerk of the American Friends Service Committee and emeritus professor of literature at Earlham College, is this year’s Commencement Speaker for the Class of 2006. Karim Camara ’88, recently elected to the New York State Assembly, is the 2006 George Fox Award recipient, and he will also speak at Commencement on June 14.
After winning a New York City Gold Key in the Scholastic Writing
Awards, senior Ben Morrison was named a national gold prize-winner for short story writing. Only 350 student-writers out of 50,000 gain national recognition. Eighth grader Bernie Itkowitz was a regional gold key winner for writing, and students Alisa Cohen and Joon Taylor won honorable mention awards in the Scholastic Art Contest.
Juniors Rachel Fishman and Ariel Teal attended the New England Young
Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf, held each May at Middlebury College in Vermont. This is the third consecutive year that two BFS students were select- ed for this prestigious and well-known conference, a tribute to our writing pro- gram and faculty as well as to the talented students chosen for the honor.
Our students continue to excel in the National Latin Exam. Three stu-
dents received silver medals and maxima cum laude recognition for their top scores; one student won magna cum laude honors and three received cum laude certificates. Four seventh graders were awarded outstanding achievement certifi- cates and ribbons and five others received achievement citations.
Four instrumental music students – Yuri Fennelly (Grade 3), Trevor
Gibbons-Reich (Grade 4), Gavriel Loria (Grade 6), and Jackson Watts (Grade 9) – are playing at Carnegie Hall on June 10 in the School for Strings’ inter- national Suzuki festival, led by BFS music teacher Elvira Sullivan. In the dra- matic arena, Middle School students Anna Eden, Claire Paquin, Alice Oshima, Nate Taylor, Tierney Melia, Theo McCarthy, Conor Heins, Alex Eacker, Sophia Rokhlin, Molly Altreuter, and Zachary Robinson performed in the Bucks County Playhouse Drama Festival on May 5, directed by their teacher
Kamali Houston, grade 6, with two friends from the St. Johns Place Children’s Center in Crown Heights
From left, Ben Morrison, teacher Sidney Bridges, and Bernie Itkowitz at the NYC
riting Awards reception
With the Brooklyn Bridge in the background, the Class of 2006 pose for a photo- graph with their advisors Sergei Mikhelson, Steven erolla, and Vlad Malukoff
Jeremy Richards. Anna, Nate, Conor, and Alex won critics awards for acting, and Claire won the Best Actress award.
BFS received an Honorable Mention Award from the Council for
Spiritual and Ethical Education and their Community Service Recognition Program. The Council acknowledged our sixth graders’ partnership with the St. John’s Place Children’s Center in Crown Heights. A profile of the program, written by Community Service Director Carla Precht, was selected for publi- cation in the Council’s September 2006 “Connections” newsletter.
Teacher Ellen Kahan (Ceramics) was awarded a Japan Fulbright
Memorial Fund Award for a three-week cultural and educational experience in Japan this summer, while Upper School teacher Mark Buenzle was chosen to participate in the six-week National Endowment for the Arts (NEH) Summer Institute in South Africa.
Three members of our faculty served as members of Visiting
Accreditation Teams for the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) – Karen Luks at Calhoun School in Manhattan, Diane Mackie at Grace Day School in Long Island, and Roxanne Zazzarro at Soundview Prep School in Westchester. To be selected as a member of an accreditation team is a special honor for educators – one that demands expert- ise, experience, and commitment of personal time.
Actress Carmen Ejogo, the Featured Filmmaker at the 2006 Bridge Film Festival at Brooklyn Friends.
Senior Daniel Eden, who batted .618 for the season, was an All-Star player in the Athletic Conference of Independent Schools