Academic News

Milton Robotics Is On a Roll

This past weekend, Milton’s Robotics Team—comprised of 11 students and three robots—attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s WAVE Tournament, a three-day competition against 78 other robotics teams from across the United States and Canada. One of Milton’s teams, self-dubbed Duct Tap & Dreams, advanced to the eliminations round and finished 16th in robot skills. Another of Milton’s teams, under name of Moonrise, won the Innovate Award, one of the top three awards given to a team based on overall performance, organization, and teamwork.

In November, Milton’s Robotics Team also attended a VEX Robotics tournament in Framingham, Massachusetts, where our students competed against 45 schools from across southern New England. Milton brought 21 students—divided into three Upper School teams and three Middle School teams—and six robots. All six Milton teams made it to the elimination round (top 32 teams). Three of the four semi-finalists in the tournament were Milton teams, and the final round match pitted Milton’s Upper School team against Milton’s Middle School team—neither of which had lost a match prior. Both teams in the final round qualified for the Southern New England Regional Championship.


Milton’s Robotics Team at the VEX Robotics Tournament in Framingham, Massachusetts, with Coach Hales and Coach Sitkoff

Speechies and Debaters Finish Strong in This Weekend’s Competition

Milton’s Speech and Debate Team members are off to a strong year, with students receiving awards and honors at regional competitions. At the Lincoln-Sudbury tournament on December 4, Milton placed second overall in points earned. The individual results from Lincoln-Sudbury are as follows:

Children’s Literature
Sonia Pande—6th place and Top Novice

Congressional Debate
Emilia Raviola—Finalist
Rhys Adams—3rd place and Top Novice

Dramatic Performance
Alexa Burton—2nd place
Fernando Paiz—1st place

Extemporaneous Speaking (Varsity)
Samantha Berk—6th place
Safina Abrimova—5th place 

Extemporaneous Speaking (Novice)
Vickie Mao—Honorable Mention

Impromptu
JP Giglio—5th place

Novice Oral Interpretation
Tiana Sandefur—6th place
Eli Berk—4th place 

Play Reading
Eli Berk—Top Novice
Callum Hegarty—3rd place
Alexandra Wilson—1st place 

Program Oral Interpretation
Alexa Burton—1st place 

Radio Broadcasting
Amelia Simoneau—4th place and Top Novice 

Public Forum Debate (Varsity)
Speaker Awards
Annaka Schmults—9th place
Annaka Schmults and Chloe Li—Quarterfinalists

Public Forum Debate (Novice)
Speaker Awards
James McEvoy—8th place
Teddy Choe—7th place
Anton Badushov—6th place
Simon Picotte—1st place
Anton Badushov and Tom Tang—Quarterfinalists
James Bradner and Simon Picotte—Semifinalists
Grant Morishita and Teddy Choe—2nd place 

In addition, several students received awards and honors at November’s Gracia Burkill Memorial Tournament:

Children’s Literature
Celia Greer—6th place and top novice

Congressional Debate
Sonya Martin—10th place
Rhys Adams—3rd place and top novice

Dramatic Performance
Fernando Paiz—1st place

Extemporaneous Speaking (varsity)
Valerie Gu—3rd place

Extemporaneous Speaking (novice)
Claire Salvato—4th place

Play Reading
Melody Chen—7th place
Abby Rochelle—4th place

Prose Reading
Zharah Greenidge—5th place

Public Forum Debate (varsity)
Annaka Schmults and Chloe Li—3rd place overall, 2nd and 3rd place speaker points award

Public Forum Debate (novice)
Isaac Ming and Isabella Alba—2nd place overall, tied for 5th place speaker points award

The following Milton students received a 1 rank or a win:
Rhys Adams            
Celia Greer
Fernando Paiz
Valerie Gu
Claire Salvato
Abby Rochelle
Esme Campbell
Melvin Joseph
Zharah Greenidge
Annaka Schmults and Chloe Li
Isaac Ming and Isabella Alba

State of the School Address

Head of School Todd Bland was joined by incoming Head of School, Dr. Alixe Callen ’88, for a virtual State of the School Address. In case you missed it, watch this recording of the event.

When The Weather Outside Is Frightful

The inclement weather of a New England winter is inevitably approaching, presenting conditions that can sometimes prompt school cancellations and delays. In the case of a weather event, Milton administrators carefully consider forecasts along with safety and logistical concerns before determining whether to cancel or delay school.

If classes are canceled or delayed, Milton will notify families via Rave Alerts, which are sent to all School community members through phone, email, and text messages. Please read these announcements carefully. Students and parents should keep their contact information up to date in myMilton in order to receive alerts.

Details on any cancellations or delays will also post on our School Cancellations page. In addition, Milton shares weather-related delay and cancellation information with Boston-area media outlets that compile lists of local school closures and delays.

Although classes may at times need to be canceled or delayed due to winter weather, Milton continues operations for students who live on campus. Boarding students will always have adults to oversee programming during the days when the weather forces a schedule change.

The safety of our students and community members is paramount. Day students and their families who drive to school are reminded that roads may continue to be affected after a winter storm has ended, due to ice, flooding, and narrower lanes and obstructed views caused by snow piles. Use extra caution when driving to and on campus after a cancellation or delay. If at any time you feel that road conditions are unsafe to travel to campus when classes are in session, please call your child out via the attendance line, 617-898-2923.

Our facilities team works hard before, during, and after winter storms to keep campus walkways and roads cleared of snow, but be mindful that fluctuating temperatures can create slippery surfaces almost instantly. Students should be attentive while walking or driving around campus during the winter.

Centre Connection

Centre Connection, Milton's online newsletter for parents, is published five times each year through the efforts of the Milton Academy Communication Office and Parents' Association volunteers.

Communication Office

Sarah Abrams
Marisa Donelan
Eileen Newman
Esten Perez
Greg White

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