A capstone component of Trinity-Pawling’s Practicum for Civic Leadership, the Senior Independent Project begins during the summer before senior year. Before departing for summer break, each rising senior selects an independent area of interest to pursue, whereby, he is linked with an alumnus or friend of the School with the same or similar interest. With their mentors, seniors explore their specific topics in greater detail. The independent projects culminate with each senior creating a product that reflects his learning and a presentation to a select group of faculty members.

Project mentors are mostly alumni, although parents and friends of the School are also included. Students will be matched with mentors across the country and around the world who have similar interests in a student’s intended area of research. Mentors may provide advice and relay personal experience from their own career or avocation to help students hone their own unique set of skills. Every student has the opportunity to develop his own set of questions related to his area of research to help drive the conversation and collaboration with his mentor.

Seniors are currently completing their 2016 independent projects, which include a diverse array of initiatives – a fashion look book, lobbying to re-write a state law, and rebuilding an automotive engine – just to name a few. Through these projects, students are gaining a better sense of who they are and where they stand in the midst of an ever-changing world. The independent projects allow students to explore their passions, figure out how they relate to others, and create an artifact of their experience. This program encourages our students to be engaged, interested, and aware citizens of the world.

Stay tuned for spotlights on individual student projects in the coming months.

Listen to Headmaster Bill Taylor speak about the value of Trinity-Pawling’s Senior Independent Project.

Providing the opportunity for students to pursue passions


Imagine a Trinity-Pawling brother advising teenage girls about outfits, makeup, and shopping? That’s exactly what Andrew Duplessie ’11 has done with his Tipster app, launched in July 2016. After graduating from Tulane as a finance and math major he turned away from hedge funds and moved to Silicon Valley. There on the West Coast he set about creating Tipster, an app that provides on-demand style advice to teenage girls. “Girls can go to the mall and video chat with a stylist who provides on-site advice about clothes. We also offer makeup tutorial videos which are hugely popular,” Duplessie explained. Tipster now has more than 100,000 followers on Instagram.

Duplessie designed the screen and graphics, a creative team in L.A. manages the 600-plus stylists and outreach, and developers in New York handle the tech end. “I didn’t think I’d find myself in the fashion world but I’m learning about design and tech,” he noted.

While at Tulane, Duplessie worked on movie sets in New Orleans, first as an extra then landing a few speaking roles. “I saw that stylists had a lot of free time, and this app allows them to monetize their free time and talent.”

However, when applying for finance jobs, most firms didn’t appreciate his film background whereas Silicon Valley embraced Duplessie’s well-rounded experience. Duplessie firmly believes that diversifying himself allowed him to take the risk and pursue more creative opportunities in the tech world. He’s currently involved in building an Escape Room in Los Angeles, an interactive puzzle where visitors engage in a mix of analytical and physical challenges to escape a locked room.

Duplessie credits Trinity-Pawling’s incentivized effort system as vital to his work ethic, and living in dorms taught him to value honest communication. “Everyone had to be transparent since we all lived together 24/7. I run my business with that same sense of openness I experienced at T-P.” Diligence, transparency, and creativity – tickets to Duplessie’s success as a fashionista.

From finance to fashion


After securing the Erickson League championship title, the Varsity Football team heads to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class-A Championship.

The PRIDE will take on Choate Rosemary Hall on their home turf on Saturday, November 19. We hope you will consider attending the game to help cheer on the PRIDE!

For those of you unable to attend the game in person, we hope to live stream it and have it available on our website and social media. Stay tuned for more information on viewing the game online.

Game details:

Saturday, November 19, 2016

1:30 PM

Choate Rosemary Hall – 333 Christian Street, Wallingford, CT

Many thanks to the alumni, parents, and friends who have helped to cheer on the Varsity Football team this fall. We are grateful for your support. ROLL PRIDE!

New England Class-A Championship Football

BOB LI ’19

Bob Li has been interested in science since his early childhood. Hailing from Beijing, China, Li arrived at Trinity-Pawling after seeking a high school in the U.S. that would challenge him in new ways. Li looked at multiple schools, and decided Trinity-Pawling would afford him the new experiences and style of education that would be most suitable for his learning needs and interest in the sciences.

The Columbia Science Honors Program (SHP) is a highly selective program for high school students who have a strong interest in the sciences and mathematics. The Program was introduced to Li first in chemistry class and again in biology class by his teachers Mr. Gray and Mrs. Keel respectively. Since it fell in line with his interests in science, Li applied to the program and was accepted as the first sophomore from Trinity-Pawling School. “The SHP is a free program, and I completed an entrance exam, which covered all areas in science and math, to become accepted,” Li explains. “Since I was accepted, I am automatically enrolled in the program for the rest of my high school years. I hope that I get to try new classes in my junior and senior years.”

Li travels to Columbia University by train every Saturday for a 2 ½ hour DNA Dynamics course. “In this year’s class, I hope I can learn a general understanding of the different functions and mechanisms of DNA, and also make use of the course to help identify researchers for my science research class at Trinity-Pawling, in which I am looking for researchers on genetics. In the following years, I hope I can get into courses in other areas or an experiment class. This is a chance to gain both knowledge and skills in science.”

Li feels lucky to be able to have the opportunity to participate in this selective program and thinks it will be greatly beneficial to his studies at Trinity-Pawling and college, as well as perhaps lay the foundation for a career in science.

Selected for Columbia Science Honors Program


Evan Kanouse ’12 credits a series of independent study classes he took at Trinity-Pawling with helping to shape the direction of his life. “I studied computer science with Van Metcalf and philosophy and ethics with John Gedrick. These teachers were incredibly generous, sharing their time and wisdom with me. We had in-depth conversations over multiple cups of coffee, and while I may not remember everything we discussed, they provided a quiet space for me to learn, to grow and to evolve. The boys at T-P now are so fortunate to have that built-in opportunity for mentoring through the project-based learning program.”

While a senior at Bard College majoring in religion, Kanouse wrote his thesis on the role of the Chapel throughout Trinity-Pawling’s history. “Old-Time Quiet in a Breathless Age: Faith, Virtue, and the Strength of the Social Gospel at Trinity-Pawling School” required interviewing students and faculty and digging into the archives.

“The School is steeped in perseverance. You have to put effort into everything you do – it’s the DNA of any T-P alum! As Mr. Carp used to say, ‘Don’t make excuses for yourself or your work. Just get it done and everything falls into place.’ I hope to instill these same values in my own students today.”

Kanouse now serves as technology director at Mizzentop Day School in Pawling, where he spent four years prior to attending Trinity-Pawling. He also teaches seventh and eighth grade writing. Even as a new teacher, Kanouse understands he can set high standards and still be a caring, compassionate educator. “I’m so conscious of how boys learn and how society pressures them to behave. I’m one of three male educators at Mizzentop so that allows me to serve as a role model, just as I was shaped and guided at T-P.”

On the power of mentoring


This month, the Trinity-Pawling thespians put on a memorable rendition of Richard Bean’s “One Man, Two Guvnors.” Led by the physically and utterly hilarious Ira Conklin ’17, the cast transported us to the British seaside town of Brighton for a riotous and unpredictable affair.

Director Patrick Hitschler, in his second year leading the Trinity-Pawling theater program, assembled an impressive cast consisting of veterans and newcomers. They had the air of a seasoned troupe, though, and the performances were marked by deft comedic timing, charm, intrigue, and genuine, sidesplitting moments.

Conklin and Hunter Olstein ‘17, once again, demonstrated their on-stage rapport and were complemented by the always-entertaining and energetic Ryan Winn’ 17 and Ty Gundrum ’17. David Nelson ’17, Jackson Wang ’17, and Nate Tanner ’18, added other comedic moments and stole the show at times, as well. The play also featured some notable performances from Pawling High School actresses Kayla Nappi, Jess Tocci, and Cara Leahy. All three put on convincing performances highlighted by a harmonized song during one of the scene changes.

Other highlights included some on-their-toes adlibs, especially from the quick-witted Conklin, a cameo by Maura Cody, in which Conklin poured a bowl of “soup” onto her and “pied” her in the face, and the well-practiced band – The Craze – led by faculty member, Chris Kelsey, and parent Barry Thompson, which entertained the crowd in between most scenes. The music was a great complement to the show and allowed Chris Taylor ’17, Louis Inghilterra ’17, Xander DiSanto ’18, Nico Bonasera ’18, and Will Rickert ’19 to really strut their stuff.

If you haven’t been to Gardiner Theater for the past few shows, you’re missing out. Trinity-Pawling theater has grown exponentially since Mr. Hitschler’s appointment, and “One Man, Two Guvnors” was yet another example of this. Kudos to the cast and crew for yet another fantastic performance!

View performance photos here.

Trinity-Pawling Drama Society is on a roll!


Congratulations to Bryn Gillette, who was awarded the 2016 Arditti Fellowship on Saturday, October 15, 2016. This endowed fellowship honors a member of our faculty for “teaching excellence.”

The Arditti Fellowship award was established in 2000 by Edward Arditti ’51 and his son Ted ’94 as a way to honor our teachers for their distinguished work and dedication.  Criteria for consideration include outstanding knowledge of one’s field, commitment to our students and the educational program at Trinity-Pawling, and inclusion of new techniques and information in one’s teaching.  Members of the faculty nominate the individual who best exemplifies these qualities.

Headmaster Bill Taylor presented the award and said the following of Gillette:

“This honor is bestowed upon you by the recommendation of the faculty, the highest form of professional praise that can be given to a teacher.

Here are some of their comments in support of Bryn’s nomination:

  • ‘This teacher simply brings an amazing grace and unsurpassed talent to his craft. He not only helps the boys learn more about themselves and the world around them, but through his experiential learning projects, makes Trinity- Pawling a marquee institution.’
  • ‘His comments and his student evaluations evince tremendous progress in thoughtful approaches to current world issues.’
  • ‘His passion for teaching and his discipline is highly evident when you walk into one of his classes. Even when he is not in class, his students are highly engaged in the work he has given them to do. He is extremely talented, so his excellence is easily transmitted, but he is so thoughtful in his responses and gives the boys constant and productive feedback that it allows them to stay both inside and outside of the lines in a safe way. They are willing to take risks because they know they will be supported by him.’
  • ‘He has brought a breadth of experience from outside of Trinity-Pawling and shared it with everyone here. He has taken the time to educate the faculty, staff and students about living with hope and optimism while surrounded by destruction and poverty.’
  • ‘By sharing the ways his professional, creative, and spiritual sides intersect in his work in Haiti, he has illustrated for his students and his colleagues what it means to allow your gifts and talents to flourish through servant-leadership.’

I am privileged to bestow this honor and my gratitude for all that you do for the students and faculty of Trinity-Pawling.”

Honoring excellence in teaching


Deana Renwick has embraced the boarding school lifestyle over the past 6 years, teaching in both the middle and upper schools, coaching, and serving as a dorm parent in Cluett where she resides with her husband Evan. Additionally, she has participated in various community service initiatives on campus, the latest being a Breast Cancer 5K which took place in October.

“When Trinity-Pawling hosted Relay for Life, I volunteered and helped on the day of the event. I participated in a committee for MayDay, which helped inspire me to organize an event for Breast Cancer Awareness. Seeing some of the logistics involved in MayDay gave me the confidence I needed to go forward with my idea,” Renwick explains. “I have always enjoyed the sense of community that 5K races can create. I used to run in the Summer Sunset Series in my hometown of Canton, NY, and I was always amazed by the energy the runners would bring. I also know women who have been affected by breast cancer and I wanted to create a race to support this cause. I am so grateful and humbled by the response from the school and the community toward this cause that is so close to so many.”

In the planning stages, Renwick was drawn to the mission of the National Honor Society, particularly how they encourage students to excel in areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character and hoped for them to sponsor/host the event. “Ms. Durkee, the NHS advisor, was very helpful through the whole process of selecting which organization to donate to, getting the boys involved with event announcements, t-shirt design, and race day duties. She and the NHS members truly embodied the values of the organization and helped to make the event a success,” Renwick says.

The 5K is the latest event held on campus aimed at engaging the surrounding community. “What has been exciting about this past year is that the School hosted two charitable events; a campus wide fundraiser, MayDay, which raised money for two local organizations; and a 5K Run/Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness. I am honored to be a part of these events and look forward to more in the future,” Renwick concludes.


Bringing community service to campus


Football plays for the New England Championship this Saturday as the 2016 fall season comes to a close.

Trinity-Pawling football has officially clinched the Erickson League for the first time since 2005. The Pride were a perfect 4-0 half way through the season and with the exception of Avon Old Farms had not really been challenged. In week five, Trinity-Pawling took care of Hotchkiss 37-7, highlighted by a 36-yard receiving touchdown by Jonathan Girard ’17 and an 81-yard quarterback run from Brandon Harris ’17.

Next up for the Pride was a 37-13 victory over last year’s champs, Salisbury. The Knights were able to defeat the Pride in 2015, but this time around the story was much different. Trinity-Pawling’s defense was the hero in this game as Jake Meade ’18 recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown, followed up by an interception by Will Dencker ’17 that was returned for yet another defensive score. Dakota Harvey ’17 finished with two rushing touchdowns and over 100 yards on the ground.

There was now only one team standing between the Pride and the Founder’s Championship. The Brunswick Bruins came into Pawling for a night game on November 5th that packed the stands with hundreds of screaming fans. Trinity-Pawling got off to an early lead due to an 85-yard run from Ray Davis ’18 on the Pride’s first offensive play. The Bruins would take the lead early in the second half, but the Pride would fight back, and a 30-yard touchdown reception by Cam Tillman ’18 would clinch the game (31-20) and the championship for the Blue and Gold.

The football team would lose to Kent on November 11th, but with a 7-1 regular season the Pride won the Founder’s League outright, and will now face Choate Rosemary Hall for the New England Championship on November 19th.

Lower football finished 4-1 led by outstanding play from Connor Bastidas ’18 and Brandon Lombardo ’20.

The varsity cross-country team finished 5-4 in dual meets highlighted by a home tri-meet win in mid-October over Millbrook and Hotchkiss. Will Estony ’17 won the race and broke 18 minutes for the first time in his career on the tough Trinity-Pawling course. The drastically improved Nate Tanner ’18 was able to place sixth overall and second for the Pride.

To end the season, the team finished sixth at the Founder’s League Championships and 13th at New Englands. Will Estony ’17 placed tenth at the Founder’s to earn All League Honors. Pride teammates Nate Tanner ’18, Luke Jorgensen ’17, Hunter Olstein ’17 and Hunter Barbua ’19 were all able to place in the top 40 runners on the day.

Varsity soccer finished with a record of 5-10-2 led by senior captains Joe Morley, Jack Makris and Moey Lardy. The Pride were able to come away with wins over Millbrook, Westminster, Brunswick, Hopkins and St. Lukes.

Most excitably was a 4-2 victory over Millbrook on October 29th at David N. Coratti Field. The Pride got off to an early lead when Matt Cerny ’17 scored a goal that deflected off a Millbrook defender. Joe Morley was then able to score a hat-trick including two penalty shots to secure the win for the Pride. Most interestingly to watch was Trinity-Pawling defender Jack Makris shutting down one of the best high school players in New England for nearly the entirety of the game. Phinn Adams ’18 was also a factor in the game.

JV soccer finished 2-11-3 on the season led by goal scorer Justin Lampert ’17 and goalie Marc Welch ’18. Third’s soccer concluded 4-5-1 led my Matt Shultz ’20 and Owen Sheppard ’20.

Fourth soccer ended 6-2-1, highlighted by a suburb team collective and the goal keeping abilities of Jackson Breton ’19 and Austin Anderson ’20. Middle School Soccer came away with a lot of tie games to finish 1-2-6. Chris Devanny ’21 and Jack Kalin ’21 led the squad in goals.

Roll Pride!

Outstanding season for The Pride


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 Friday, January 6, 2017, to be published in the spring issue of the Trinity-Pawling Magazine.

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academics of Trinity-Pawling School and to learn more

about Headmaster Bill Taylor’s inspiring vision for Trinity-Pawling’s future.


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