“Time is one of the constants of life. At Trinity-Pawling, time has been a commodity for you. You have, because the School has asked you to, packed a tremendous amount of growth into a finite amount of time. It is likely that, for most of you, time will never be as structured as it has been for you at Trinity-Pawling.
Yet, the structure of time will still be a constant in your life. It will be structured around further education, a career or careers, a family, and, perhaps, children. How you use this time will be influenced, in some measure, by what you have learned during your time at Trinity-Pawling. Will you be accountable to your self, to others, and to your responsibilities? Will you work hard with the time you have at a given task? Will you take the time to learn from the mistakes that you will inevitably make in your life? Will you invest time in your self, in your God-given gifts and talents? Will you spend time helping others? Will you regard time as a gift to be treasured in life?
As you move through your lives, you will begin to have a different understanding of time. It happens as you get older; trust me. Some years from now, I suspect many of you will look back at your time at Trinity-Pawling as a time with relatively few responsibilities. Some years from now, many of you will think that this time flew by. You will think about time spent with your friends, your brothers. You will spend time in your future thinking about this time here.
You probably won’t remember how much time you spent eating chicken in the dining hall; or that assignment that you may now think was not fairly graded; or how tired you were on a given day because of how much you had going on; or how adults got on you to do this or to do that. You really won’t remember the specifics of this type of time. Rather, for many of you these moments in time will be crystallized together and you will likely attach different meaning to these experiences. You might even find that this meaning, as you reflect on it at some future years, really was learning.” – William W. Taylor, excerpt from 2016 Commencement speech
Trinity-Pawling School held its 109th Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 29, 2016, and celebrated the graduation of 79 students. It was a joyous occasion that highlighted the many talents and endeavors of the Class of 2016. The ceremony featured a number of speakers, and the presentation of awards and diplomas.
Among the speakers was international relations expert Captain Kevin Emore ’99, who gave the Commencement address. Among other things, Emore spoke to students about the importance of allowing oneself to be vulnerable in order to make lasting connections in life. He charged the students, saying, “When you are in a conversation and have the opportunity to share something honest and difficult, do it. Doing so will change everything—from your daily interactions with Uber drivers, to the relationship you have with your partner or your friends. Authentic connections with others are what separate true leaders from managers and bosses,” Emore stated.
Headmaster William Taylor and Head Prefect Caelahn Bullen ‘16 each echoed Emore’s sentiment regarding connections. “Stay connected to one another, to your brothers, and stay connected to this place. Doing so will enrich your time in your future years, I promise you.” said Taylor. Bullen ’16 referred to Trinity-Pawling as his “second home”. “To me, home is not defined as the place you grew up. It’s defined by the memories and meaningful connections you make with each other.”
Valedictorian Trung Le spoke of transitions – adapting to the United States from Vietnam, learning to speak a new language and to acquire a taste for new foods, and now the transition from high school to college, which Le compared to “finishing a Rubik’s Cube and starting another, bigger Rubik’s Cube.”
We congratulate the Class of 2016 and know that each of you will go on to do great things. Good luck in all of your endeavors in college and beyond!
The following students from the Class of 2016 were inducted into the Cum Laude Society:
Summa Cum Laude – Trung Hoang Le; Magna Cum Laude – Dogyun Kim, Kyu Yeol Paik; Cum Laude – Caelahn Christopher Bullen, Tanner Isaiah Baldin, Sean William Solecki, Trevor Peter Dolan, Jakob Dieter Hartzell, Yufei Hao.
For a full list of award winners visit our website.
View the Commencement photo album here.
Prefects are the School’s highest leadership position for students and are determined by vote of the students and faculty. Each year, the leadership of the student body is transferred from the old prefects to the new prefects during Stepping Up, Trinity-Pawling’s in-house Commencement.
In this video, the Prefects of the class of 2015-2016 discuss what they learned as leaders of the community and offer their advice to those just handed the mantle of leadership.
Every guy shaves. Casey Perkal ’07 is determined to make that experience more pleasurable.
Perkal had issues with men’s grooming products available. Gillette had cornered the market but the products were expensive. Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club offered convenience and cheaper options, but the quality just wasn’t there.
“Men spend a couple hundred bucks each year on shaving materials,” Perkal explained, “and the average person throws a razor blade away every two weeks. My business partner and I decided to develop Shave Face, a company that offers sustainable and healthy men’s grooming products.” Their logo? “Save money, save planet, shave face.”
Their first product was a strop, a piece of leather typically used to sharpen straight razors. “It’s made in Nashville with 100% American materials – thick gauge leather, raw denim, and brass rivets,” Perkal notes proudly.
Perkal and his friend launched Shave Face in January 2015 with a Kickstarter campaign. That allowed the men to create a run of strops and test people’s interest. The 30 day campaign raised the necessary funds and proved the public was supportive.
“We took an old school concept from the barbershop and retooled it for the 21st century. Men can take their favorite disposable razor and run it along the leather strop to align, hone, and clean the blade. This practice takes a few seconds and makes the blade last three to five times longer.”
Perkal had been midway through law school and realized he really wanted to be an entrepreneur. “My parents opened Cartoon Cuts when I was a little kid. It’s now a chain of children’s hair salons where kids can watch cartoons while they get their hair cut. The idea sprang from my brother and me being pains in the butt. So entrepreneurialism runs in my family.”
Shave Face has added new products: an aftershave balm and a shave and beard oil, all made with natural and organic ingredients. Upholding their commitment to environmental sustainability, they created a razor case using leftover scraps of leather from the strops. The case slips over the top of any disposable razor to protect the blade from dings and bacteria in your dop kit and save your fingers from nicks.
“The public has been really responsive,” said Perkal. “We’ve gotten good press in Entrepreneur Magazine in December 2015 and are on lots of blogs and websites like Thrillist.” Starting this summer, Shave Face is partnering with Buffalo Trace bourbon, appearing at pop up markets in eight major cities. “We’re building a combination barbershop-whiskey tasting bar onto a trailer which we’ll drive from city to city. People can get a hot shave from a local barber and then taste some bourbon. 35,000 people come through these events!”
“You can cut corners in certain areas of life,” Perkal reflected, “but starting a business is not one of them. Developing my own company sure beats sitting at an office desk.” Check out www.shaveface.com to see their touring schedule later this summer and fall.
Have you ever wondered why the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) is the most successful union in the country? If you have, then you would have learned all about this and more in Slade Mead’s Business of Baseball class. In this elective, 12th graders learned about the evolution and history of the relationship between team owners and their players. Topics covered included the creation of the union, which includes the “Curt Flood Case”, the “Andy Messersmith Case”, and the “Catfish Hunter Case”.
At the end of the term, the students put together a two-day arbitration hearing. “This year, three students represented the New York Mets, while three represented Matt Harvey, the Mets’ ace. In the hearing, the players submit a brief which is complete with prose and excel spreadsheets,” says teacher Slade Mead.
Preparation for the arbitration meant students researched a player, submitted a salary figure based on that player’s service time, statistics, and comparable with other players in a similar situation. The students then wrote up the brief, which then was submitted to a three-member arbitration panel. For two days, the students try to make their case with just one side winning. “It is both intense and hard because it is as realistic as I can possibly make it,” Mead says.
Slade Mead enjoys teaching the class, especially to the seniors who are about to embark on their college careers. “This class is just for seniors, so I have the opportunity to spend some time with them before they go, and say goodbye in an academic way,” Mead says. “I hope one day these guys are at a baseball game or meet a Major League player and they will understand who Curt Flood, Marvin Miller, Bart Giamatti, or Walter O’Malley was. Baseball is built on the shoulders of those before us. Appreciating history always makes the game all that more beautiful,” Mead concludes.
Pack up the gym, put away the nets, and lock the doors because T-P athletics are done for the 2015-16 school year.
Varsity lacrosse finished 12-4 and second in the Founder’s League this past season. In the final month of the season the Pride were able to defeat Avon Old Farms 11-5 and destroy Hotchkiss 14-3.
Paul Rasimowicz ’16 was an absolute wrecking ball on the faceoff line all season. The future Cornell Big Red would go through entire games without losing a single faceoff. Fellow Cornell commit, Caelahn Bullen ’16 was a brick wall in net for the Pride and allowed five or fewer goals in nines games this season.
Fellow seniors Eric Mawdsley, Connor McClelland, and Justin Scott were the anchors of the offense this season that averaged 12 goals a game.
JV Lacrosse finished 9-4 on the season including wins over Taft, Hotchkiss and Choate. Andrew Martinez ‘18, Griffin Moore ‘19 and faceoff specialist Sam Uva ‘18 led the young team. Third’s lacrosse finished 2-9 led by Nick Grande ’18 and Tyler Marma ’19, and Middle School lacrosse finished 4-1 led by Tyler Woods ’21 and Liam Dietrich ’20.
Varsity baseball finished 11-5 on the season and third in the Founder’s league. A major highlight of the season was a doubleheader sweep at Choate on May 14th. The Pride won the first game by a score of 3-1 led by Ryan Winn ’17 who allowed only three hits in seven innings on the mound.
In the second game, T-P held a 4-0 lead early in the fight, led by James Varian ‘17 with three hits and Casey Winn ’16 with two hits of his own. Choate would fight back and tie the games in the sixth inning at 5-5 and send the game into extra innings. In the ninth inning with Casey Winn up to bat, a wild pitch was thrown that led to Henry Fracasso ‘ 16 coming home to win the game.
Throughout the season, catcher James Varian led the Pride with a .390 batting average, 16 RBI’s, and nine extra-base hits. Second baseman, Chris Polletta ’17 was second on the team with a .293 average and 13 runs, while lead-off man Forrest Ruiz ’17 led the team with 18 runs and 10 base on balls.
On the mound, Ryan Winn led the Pride with three wins, allowing only five earned runs in 35 innings pitched and striking out 32 batters. Sophomore hurler Marshall Weiss started seven games with a 2.8 ERA and 27 strikeouts of his own.
JV baseball finished 7-2 on the season with victories over Kent, Avon and Gunnery. Nate Tanner ’18 and Hunter Olstein ’17 led the team at the plate, while Tommy Poulin was a cannon on the mound.
Varsity Golf had a solid season, defeating such teams as Canterbury, Avon and Choate. Henry Angier ’16 was consistently the top scorer for the Pride and the overall medalist in many meets of the season. Chris Taylor ’17 suffered a pulled hamstring late in the season but was steadily the second highest scorer for the Pride throughout the year. T-P did not receive a score in the final tournament due to an injured player, but Angier did finish in sixth place with a 75 on the day.
Varsity Track and Field finished 7-3 in dual meets on the season, and placed 12th at the New England Division 1 Championships. Jordan Harnum ’16 set a new school record in the 3000 meters at New Englands in a time of 9:04.97 and would go on to place third in the event.
Fellow senior Stephen O’Hanlon would place fifth at New Englands in the 200 meters and the 4×400 team of O’Hanlon and juniors Stephen Morrissey, Jack Makris and Avery Johnson would go on to place sixth.
The week prior at the Founder’s League Championships, the Pride were highlighted by Harnum finishing second in the 3000, O’Hanlon placing third in the 200 meters and the 4×400 team finishing second. Also scoring for T-P were Ty Gundrum ‘ 17 (4th, Pole Vault), Jordan Harnum (5th, 1500m), Avery Johnson (5th, 400m), Khaleed Exum-Strong ‘16 (5th, Shot Put and Discus), Stephen Morrissey (6th, Triple Jump), and JP Vincent ‘17 (6th, Javelin).
Varsity Tennis finished 1-8 on the season led by senior Sean Solecki and junior Jonas Correa. All but two of the varsity team members will return in 2017.
Science Research is a 3 year program that gives Trinity-Pawling students the opportunity to participate in the community of scientific research and scholarship as part of their high school experience. Through this process, students find and study several journal articles, eventually choosing one which they will present. The focus of their presentations is to outline the research process (i.e. the scientific method) and how it was conducted in the students’ chosen articles. Students may contact the authors of the articles for suggestions on future research that they themselves may undertake, or in some cases seek mentorship. The final component of this process involves students taking on an original piece of research under the guidance of their mentor and classroom teacher. Using technology and computer software, students conduct statistical analyses and present their findings to their class, school district, regional, and statewide symposia. During junior and senior years, students may elect to take the course for college credit for a total of up to twelve credits at the State University of New York.
The symposium at Trinity-Pawling on May 25th was attended by Leonard Behr, the coordinator between the University at Albany and the schools participating in the Science Research High School program. The symposium included a presentation by Jake Pong, a sophomore from Hong Kong. Through his project, he researched the prevalence of asthma and the correlation with exposure to pollution and geographic location. Also presenting was Leo Chen, a student scientist from Shanghai, China. Chen’s research delved into astronomy, an area that he has had interest in since he was a young boy. “The Science Research program provided me with a systemic and supporting background for my research. There are so many things that seemed impossible for me to achieve, but with the help of Mr. Gray and my own effort, I have already found a topic that I am interested in, in the field of Astrobiology, which is the detection of exomoons,” Chen says.
Join us for the 12th Annual Trinity-Pawling School Golf Outing!
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Somerset Hills Country Club, Bernardsville, NJ
Schedule of Events:
11:30 Lunch Buffet
1:00 Shotgun Start
5:30 Dinner and Awards
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Trinity-Pawling Fund and the Miles H. Hubbard, Jr. ’57 Scholarship Fund. This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to boys with exceptional athletic ability. Miles Hubbard served Trinity-Pawling as a teacher, coach, and athletic director for 37 years.
We hope to see you there!
Alumni, have you recently gotten married, entered retirement, welcomed a new baby into the family, embarked on a great trip, been promoted at work, or won a community award? Let us know! Click the link here to submit your class notes by Monday, June 6, 2016, to be published in the fall Trinity-Pawling Magazine.
Thanks to the generosity of over 1,000 alumni, parents, and friends who participated in the Blue vs. Gold Challenge, we were able to secure a $100,000 gift from Henry B. duPont IV ’86 through the Nor’easter Foundation! Watch the video to see which team took home the W.
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Support the education that unlocks each boy’s multifaceted potential and strengthens the brotherhood that lasts a lifetime.
Make your gift to the Trinity-Pawling Fund by June 30, 2016.
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Thank you and Roll Pride!