Thanks to the generosity of Bill ’57 and Marlynn Scully, construction is under way on the new Smith Field House, which is named in honor of two former Trinity-Pawling Headmasters: Phil Smith and Arch Smith. The new Field House will be completed in multiple phases. Some of the highlights for Phase I of construction are two new courts, an Alumni Hall of Fame room, and a new main entrance and lobby that will face Route 22. Also, new flooring will be installed in the Miles Hubbard ’57 Gymnasium.

You can follow the progress of the Smith Field House on our website here.

The Scullys seek to inspire other Trinity-Pawling supporters to consider major investment in the endowment. In order to complete the Smith Field House project, the Scullys have challenged the Trinity-Pawling community to raise $10 million for endowment. The Scullys have constructed their challenge to encourage other members of the Trinity-Pawling family to reflect on the role of Trinity-Pawling in their lives and to consider similar leadership at new, substantial levels.

The Scully Challenge points us toward a more secure financial future, where strong, consistent resources will enable Trinity-Pawling to anticipate challenges and implement greater innovation.

For inquiries about endowment giving and naming opportunities within Smith Field House, please contact Regan LaFontaine, Director of Advancement, by email: or phone: 845-855-4838.

The Scully Challenge points Trinity-Pawling toward the future.


Derek Dennis ‘07 came to Trinity-Pawling as a senior from Peekskill High School in New York in search of educational opportunities that would improve his chances of attending college, while also honing his athletic skills. “Basketball was his first sport at Peekskill, but he also played football there,” Trinity-Pawling Football Coach Dave Coratti P’08 explains. “In his first games at Trinity-Pawling, Dennis was starting at defensive tackle, but we had a need on the offensive line, so for the remainder of the season he started at offensive and defensive line. After proving his skills in a game against Avon, I told Dennis and his parents that there would be interest in him as a Division 1 football player. At that point his parents still thought Dennis would pursue basketball, but after Derek’s football film was sent to a number of colleges, the interest grew.“

Temple University offered Dennis a Division 1 football scholarship in the fall of 2006, where he went on to start on the University’s offensive line for four years and played in the East-West Shrine game (a senior college all-star game) in 2012. Dennis then signed as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins in 2012. He was in the NFL on the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers practice squads, and he ultimately signed with the Calgary Stampede of the Canadian Football League in 2015. This past season he started in all 18 regular season games for Calgary, and after the playoff games Dennis was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in the CFL.

While Dennis attended Trinity-Pawling for only one year, the experience has stuck with him throughout his college and professional career. “The biggest lesson I learned at Trinity-Pawling was how to be a productive member of society. I learned camaraderie and brotherhood while understanding the importance of being a team member. Trinity-Pawling is where I learned how to be selfless and sacrifice to meet team goals,” Dennis says. “I owe a lot to Trinity-Pawling for helping me grow into a well-educated young man with substance and structure, and Coach Dave Coratti and his family helped change my life. The reason I play football today is because of Coach Coratti and his direction and guidance. He believed in me and saw in me what I didn’t see in myself and I will forever be appreciative of that.” Dennis concludes.

Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in the CFL


On Tuesday, December 13th students and faculty gathered at Trinity-Pawling’s All-Saints’ Chapel for our traditional Candlelight Service. The age-old tradition has been part of the Trinity-Pawling community since 1938. Modeled after the traditional service at King’s College, Cambridge, candlelight and greenery fill All Saints’ Chapel as the choir, organ, and brass lead the congregation in carols of the season.

This year we were able to livestream the service so that alumni and parents could feel connected with the boys and enjoy the service from afar.

Enjoy this clip from the service.

We send warm holiday greetings from our family to yours!

Candlelight 2016


John Gedrick has worked in school ministry for over a decade, spending the majority of his years at Trinity-Pawling teaching courses on religion and serving as the School’s Chaplain. Through his duties as both a teacher and chaplain, Gedrick aims to enhance the community through inclusiveness and open mindedness whether it is in the classroom or during Chapel–where many life lessons are learned. “If there is an understanding or a belief that I would like students to know it is that God is so much more and so much bigger than we can ever hope to understand or believe. I hope that somehow the Chapel is a place where we come into that big embrace of the divine, and I hope that students and faculty realize that God is by His/Her/Its definition, inclusive,“ Gedrick explains.

Not only does Gedrick aim to model the sentiments of inclusiveness within the walls of Trinity-Pawling’s campus, he also supports various community service efforts that benefit those not in the Trinity-Pawling community. “The one thing that I love about community service at Trinity-Pawling is that it really comes from the heart and the desire of individual people on campus to do something they feel is important. I’ve always found that my role is to support that, and the chapel’s role is to show that God is this big, inclusive being. One way we can practice that inclusiveness is to honor all of these community service efforts and realize that there’s a world out there that needs people who care about it,” Gedrick says.

In reflecting on his time spent at Trinity-Pawling, Gedrick explains, “The best part of working at Trinity-Pawling is feeling that I am among a community of kind people who are trying to work out their faith, whatever it is. There’s no better way to build trust than to know you have a common goal with other people, students and adults alike.”

Enhancing the community through inclusiveness and open mindedness


Everyone works better when they have clear job responsibilities. Perhaps that’s why Bill Taylor gives his prefects specific realms to oversee, charging them to shepherd vital elements of the school community. While Head Prefect Jack Makris serves as the voice between students and faculty and keeps a watchful eye over all, here’s what his fellow prefects oversee:

Ryan Winn, Junior Prefect, concentrates on civic honor. “I try to keep everyone positive, inclusive and healthy. This ranges from learning people’s names, sitting at different tables every day, joining a wide range of clubs, and showing interest in parts of the community that I might not actually be in.” Kenny McDougal focuses on academic honor. “I head up the Honor Council, whose goal is not to punish students but to help them get back on the path of academic honesty when they have veered off.”

Community service falls under Will Estony’s purview. He helped orchestrate a 5K run on campus in October to support breast cancer research. This winter, he hopes to raise awareness of Haiti’s struggles post-Hurricane Matthew. “We envision serving a dinner of rice, beans, and water to give a tiny insight into the impoverished situation of most Haitians. Participation in this meal would be voluntary and funds raised would help purchase and ship nonperishable foods to the country.”

Hunter Olstein supports arts integration across the spectrum. “Visual arts classes create sets for the theater; the music department put together a pit band for the fall play; actors from the theater arts class will act out Shakespearean monologues for some English classes. These initiatives mesh well with the School’s emphasis on project-based learning.”

Jordi Jefferson promotes zeal. “My job is to get the brotherhood out of the dorms and into the bleachers. I get kids fired up for games!” Chris Connolly hones in on victuals. “I started a food committee and we meet twice a month to discuss food choices. I then talk with Scott and Kim of Culinart who are receptive to new ideas.” Jeff Thompson is in charge of environmental concerns. “I want to make sure T-P steps up recycling and other ‘green’ efforts. More recycled cans mean more funds contributed to Relay for Life.”

Are these designated areas of responsibility paying off? According to Ryan Winn, “This system allows for greater organization. Since we each have our own thing, the School runs smoothly.”

Chris Connolly added, “Focusing our jobs encourages us to make small changes individually which leads to collective change overall.”

Spoken like responsible leaders.

Leading by example


To celebrate Veterans Day this year, we asked alumni veterans to submit stories of how Trinity-Pawling helped prepare them for a life of service. In this edition of the Quad, we wanted to share with you some of the submissions we received.

A special thank you to all of the alumni who submitted their stories. We appreciate your service to the United States military and your support of Trinity-Pawling School.

Bryan Tolley ’03.

“The many lessons I learned while at Trinity-Pawling, both in and out of the classroom, molded me into the man/soldier I became in the years after graduation. I honestly have no idea how to put into words how the atmosphere there prepared me for my time in uniform. The faculty and staff helped me find a drive deep within myself that I didn’t even know I had. They helped instill in me the importance of camaraderie and the desire to push myself to the limit. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. I will forever be grateful for everything T-P has done for me.”

We received the following submission from Mary, daughter of Harold Enstice ’42, on her father’s time in the service. She also shared that Mr. Enstice plans to attend his 75th Reunion this fall!

Harold Enstice, a proud army veteran of the Second World War, was a member of the 36th Infantry Division and served from October 1942 – December 1945. He served in Africa, Italy, France, and Germany. While serving in Germany in 1944, he was wounded in battle and received the Purple Heart. He also received the following medals: 2 Bronze Stars, Combat Infantry Badge, a Presidential citation, Good Conduct Medal, NYS Conspicuous star and NYS Conspicuous Cross, World War II Medal, American Campaign Medal, and the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal. He also received the European African Campaign Medal for his invasion of Southern France. He was in seven combat zones as an infantryman. Harold was ranked as a Tech Sergeant. He received this title in a battlefield promotion where only 40 men out of 180 survived. Harold has been married to his wife Rosemary for the last 69 years. He has three children Keith, Kevin, and Mary. He has nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He is the kind of man that always puts other people first. He always thinks of himself last and makes sure other people are taken care of first, no matter what the circumstance is.

Alex Feldman ’07

“Trinity-Pawling instilled both a desire for and deep appreciation of structure and fraternity. Furthermore, my experiences in class, on the cross-country trails and in the dorms cultivated a sense of duty to lead my peers that has served me extraordinarily throughout my time in the Marine Corps.”

Stew McKnelly ’86, LtCol, USMC (Ret):

JJDIDTIEBUCKLE is the acronym for the 14 leadership traits of a United States Marine and they are as follows: Judgment, Justice, Dependability, Integrity, Decisiveness, Tact, Initiative, Endurance, Bearing, Unselfishness, Courage, Knowledge, Loyalty, and Enthusiasm. When I came to T-P in the fall of 1982 or even when I graduated in 1986 I had no idea that I would spend 25 years serving my country as a Marine. I think if you ask my classmates they would say the same thing. After joining the Marine Corps I realized that the foundation wasn’t learned during the hot summers in Quantico during OCS or through flight school but on the hallowed ground of Trinity-Pawling. I was surrounded by teachers, coaches and administrators that displayed and engrained in me these very traits each and every day. I realized that I had already been taught to be a person who emulated the traits of a Marine in a place that I consider sacred ground. I recently was back at T-P for my 30th reunion and while some of the buildings and people have changed the commission of making boys into men and more importantly leaders of men has not. The cornerstone of T-P is JJDIDTIEBUCKLE. Semper Fi Warriors and God Bless. Roll Pride!

RADM Joe Callo ’48, USN (Ret)

“Trinity-Pawling was my first experience of living outside my family household, and it widened my horizons. It also instilled a sense of responsibility to my community and my country. As a student leader and as captain of the basketball team and the track team, I was introduced to the special challenges of leadership. I don’t consider my military service to be unusual. It’s what a citizen does. The attached photo of me with my wife Sally–who is a Captain, USN (Ret)–was taken at my retirement ceremony.”

Jim Chapman ’79

“My three years at T-P provided me with the ‘blueprint’ on how to achieve success and prepared me to set realistic goals that could be reached through my hard work, dedication and determination. T-P also taught me the value of teamwork and how to work as a member of a team. The lessons I learned on the soccer and baseball fields as well as the hockey rink help forge my leadership style and sense of teamwork that I successfully used during my 26+ years of military service to this nation. I often tell people that the 3 years at T-P were the hardest, but most rewarding years of my life!”

Drew Ormiston ’83

“Trinity-Pawling was instrumental in developing an analytical mind and enduring the rigors of military life.”

Randy Woods ’66

“My knowledge of the world by meeting other students from different walks of life. That lent itself to 20 years of military service with the United States Air Force-from Vietnam, flying gunships up and down the Ho Chi Minh trail to catching our national spy satellites from an airplane in Hawaii.”

Celebrating veterans of Trinity-Pawling


Through his Senior Independent Project, Jackson Wang was able to dive deep into his long-time interest in the fashion industry. Like many of the Trinity-Pawling seniors who have spent the past months completing their 2016 Independent Projects, Wang had the opportunity to explore his passion in great depth, and create a unique product of his experience.

Project mentors have been a valuable component of the Senior Independent Projects. Matched with mentors, Trinity-Pawling School Store Manager Melanie Dunham and Digital Media Producer Connie Rafferty, Wang was able to acquire authentic and useful advice from their expertise in fashion merchandising and photography.

Watch Jackson Wang discuss and work on his Independent Project here.

Jackson Wang’s Fashion Lookbook for Trinity-Pawling School


Alumni, as you reflect on the year, we hope you will share an update with Trinity-Pawling!

In 2016, did you get married, enter retirement, welcome a new baby into the family, embark on a great trip, receive a promotion at work, or win a community award? Let us know! Click here to submit your Class Notes today.

Questions?  Contact Hannah Keller, Director of Alumni Relations, by email or phone 845-855-4829

We want to hear from you!


Win after win — things are looking up for the Trinity-Pawling winter sports.

To start off the 2016-17 season the varsity wrestling team traveled to Hopkins School to compete in the Rumble on the Hill Tournament. The Pride came away with a second place finish, highlighted by four individual champions. Senior captain, Jeff Thompson demolished his way through the 195 bracket, David Bancroft ’19 came away with a decisive victory at 120 pounds, and brothers Zack ’19 and Jake Conlan ’19 were unstoppable in the middle weight classes.

New sophomore Brett Ginac, Conrad Adams ’18 and Troy Lois ’17 all had impressive days to finish third, while Matt Trainor ’18 came away with a fourth place finish.

The following week, the team destroyed Loomis Chaffee (50-10) and Marvelwood (63-9), where seniors Dennis Ilmela and Will Dencker led the team with impressive pins.

Last Saturday, the team traveled to the Loomis Duals where they crushed Avon (58-18) and Green Farms (58-12) but suffered losses to both Brunswick and St. Benedicts. Jeff Thompson ’17 and Jake Conlan ’19 remain undefeated with perfect 9-0 records on the season.

Varsity basketball has also been fantastic thus far with a perfect 3-0 record. The Pride opened the season with a 74-41 crushing of Gunnery led by Korey Lee ’18 with 21 points including four three pointers.

The Pride would follow that up with a 62-52 defeat of Westminster where Lee would again lead the scoring, while Nikkei Rutty ’18 added 11 points and Beau Smith ’18 chipped in with 10. On Saturday, the Pride would stay undefeated when they took down Salisbury 57-50. Luis Cartagena ’17 scored a season best 18 points while Jonathan Girard ’17 nearly completed a double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Varsity squash is 2-1 on the season with two impressive wins over Millbrook (5-2) and Suffield (7-0). Pride newcomer, Oosie Imoro ’17 has led the team from the #2 position with three straight victories to remain undefeated on the year. Also new to the team, Ibrahim Bekhiet ’19 has taken over the #1 spot and is 2-1 on the season with a very strong performance against Millbrook.

Returning seniors, Ty Gundrum, Hunter Olstein, and Chris Taylor occupy the second half of the starting lineup and bring experience and leadership to the squad.

Varsity hockey is 0-4 in the second season under Head Coach Robert Ferraris ’93. The Pride started off with two losses to Loomis Chaffee and Albany Academy. This past week, the young team managed to score twice on Avon Old Farms in a 4-2 loss and then was able to take Brunswick into overtime on Monday night at home. The Bruins scored three minutes into OT, but the Pride fought hard throughout the competition.

Joey Musa ’19 has managed one goal and one assist on the year while Ray Zimmerman ’17 leads the squad with two assists. Ryan Winn ’17 scored the opening goal against Avon Old Farms and leads the defense on the ice.

JV Hockey is 1-2 led by Chris Polletta ’17 and Hunter Bardua ’19. Third’s Hockey is 0-2 with powerful performances from Robert Emig ‘18 and Matthew Shultz ’20.

The ski team has yet to compete due to lack of snow, but are primed and ready to go come January.

Roll Pride!

Roll Pride!


On Saturday, January 14, Trinity-Pawling will welcome prospective families to campus for our Preview Day. Alumni and current parents are our best representatives of a Trinity-Pawling education and our most sincere Admission recruiters. As a member of the Trinity-Pawling community, you not only understand the student experience, but you can attest to the value of your time spent on campus. Help us recruit the next generation of Trinity-Pawling boys by referring a student today.

Have a student in mind that would be a great fit at Trinity-Pawling? Encourage him to attend our PREVIEW DAY on January 14, 2017 from 12:00-3:00pm.

To register visit:

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