The holidays usher in a season of giving for Milton’s Community Engagement Programs and Partnerships, beginning with a Hunger Awareness Event in November, which helps to remind the school community of the realities of food insecurity.
During the event, all Upper School students, faculty, and staff who ate lunch in Forbes Dining Hall selected tickets at random, assigning them to an income category: low, middle, or high, which corresponded with global income distribution. Those who selected “low” tickets—the majority of people—were given a lunch of only rice; “middle” income recipients could have rice and beans; while “high income” people could enjoy a regular meal. Aramark, Milton’s dining services provider, donated the savings from offering a full service, and the Milton Bookstore also contributed a donation. The lunch accompanied conversations about food insecurity, justice, and inequity in assembly and advisories.
The event raised more than $2,000, “which is going to Partners in Health to support their childhood malnutrition work, as well as a portion to the Greater Boston Food Bank,” said CEPP Director Andrea Geyling-Moore.
Additionally, CEPP has been hard at work collecting gifts for local children whose families are struggling, Geyling-Moore said.
“Milton Academy parents have been wonderfully supportive, and our students will be working to distribute the gifts,” she said. “We had another 50 kids who were added from the Taylor School [an elementary school in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood] because they had a big influx of immigrant families recently. There’s a huge number of children with gift wishes for things like winter coats and toys, as well as grocery gift cards for their families.
In addition to the Taylor School, the gift drive supports families at the Brookview House, a shelter for homeless women and children, as well as children receiving services through the Department of Children and Families.
Milton families interested in supporting CEPP’s efforts can contact email@example.com.
Up until their final game of the year—the New England finals against Worcester Academy—Milton’s boys’ varsity soccer team was not just undefeated: They had never been behind at any point in the season.
Crowned Independent School League champions after a 14–0–1 ISL season, the team’s overall 2022 record was 15–0–4. Going into the NEPSAC Class A finals, Milton beat Exeter 3–1 in the quarterfinal. Milton then beat defending champions Northfield Mount Hermon by penalty kicks to advance to the finals against Worcester. The match again came down to penalty kicks, but Worcester prevailed.
“The end of the season was really exciting throughout,” said head coach Chris Kane. “In the finals, Worcester scored a couple minutes in, but our group did a great job responding and scored a little bit before the end of half, then a second time just before halftime. We were up 2–1 going into the half. Worcester scored again before it went into overtime. We just came up short on penalty kicks but it was a great, fun season ending in a thrilling set of games, as close as you can get.”
Led by co-captains Mateo Buyu ’23, Jack Flowers ’23, and Nik Kathiresan ’23, boys’ soccer was the only Milton team to have a postseason showing this fall. Seeded No. 2, Milton was able to host the quarter- and semifinals on campus, which provided the players with a lot of fan support. In addition, the boys received a lot of love from alumni who had played for Milton (like assistant coach Chris Lewis ’15), several of whom helped out during the team’s preseason, making the squad feel like an extended family, Kane said.
“It was a fantastic season overall and I’m certainly so proud of the group for all that they accomplished and the way they went about it,” Kane said. “Not only did they improve a lot and grow throughout the season, they had a lot of fun. They brought great joy to what they did, great love for the game and love for one another. And they used that as fuel to keep getting better and play some fantastic soccer.”
Buyu was selected for the high school All-America East team, which will play December 10 in Panama City Beach, Florida. Kane was tapped to coach the team. The game will stream live at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on PrepSoccer.com.
View photos from the team’s win over Northfield Mount Herman in the semi-finals.
Every year at this time, the best teams in independent school hockey descend upon the rinks of Milton and Nobles for a chance to claim the coveted championship titles of the Flood-Marr Tournament and the Harrington Invitational Tournament.
The annual Flood-Marr Holiday Hockey Tournament is named for Dick “Lefty” Marr and his college roommate, longtime friend, and rival hockey coach Dick Flood. Lefty Marr was a member of the Milton faculty from 1957 until 1980. Now in its 57th year, the three-day competition for boys’ teams includes Milton, Nobles, Hotchkiss, Andover, Westminster, Deerfield, Kimball Union and Salisbury.
On the same weekend, top girls’ talent takes to the ice at Milton and Nobles to compete in the 41st Annual Harrington Invitational. Milton will face off against Nobles, Lawrence, St. Paul’s, St. Mark’s, BB&N, Westminster, and Williston-Northampton.
The tournaments run from Friday, December 16, through Sunday, December 18.