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High School Senior Lara Florek First Recipient of Ellen O'Toole D'Arcy Award PDF Print Email


June 15, 2011:  It is always a challenge to find a meaningful way to do something in memory of a family member or friend who has passed away.

Last year, when at the annual Bronxville High School awards ceremony in June, where various students in 11th and 12th grade are recognized each year for achievements, a thought came to Mariellen Sullivan Carpenter and John Knox to create an award in memory of their 1980 high school classmate Ellen O'Toole D'Arcy, who died at the age of 45 after a long illness.

Mariellen and John wanted to design something that would keep Ellen's spirit alive in the hallways of the school where she made such a difference as an athlete, a class leader, an artist, and an inspirational spirit.  They set out to create an award in Ellen's memory that would make people think of and envision her each year, with the hope that the recipient would embody many of Ellen's strongest attributes.

The result was the Ellen O'Toole D'Arcy Award.  The award will be given to a high school senior who plays on two varsity sports teams and has consistently shown self-sacrifice and commitment to his or her school community.  The award recipient will be chosen each year by a school committee that consists of faculty and administrators.

In order to make this award special and meaningful, Mariellen and John wanted it to contain a scholarship component to be given to the recipient that would go towards his or her college tuition.  They reached out to classmates, Bronxville friends, and many of Ellen's friends to raise sufficient funds to endow the award.  They received a wonderful response and are well on their way toward being fully funded.

They are thrilled to have the scholarship in place and to see Lara Florek become the first recipient.  Lara is a terrific example of what Ellen stood for in her days as a student at the Bronxville School.  Lara was captain of both the girls' field hockey and lacrosse teams this year, she is a highly accomplished artist and a co-editor of the yearbook, and she has been a positive contributor to the life of the high school.  Ellen would have been proud and honored to know Lara and to see her win this award.

While the first award has now been given, it is not too late to contribute.  If you are interested in donating to the scholarship fund in memory of Ellen, please email Mariellen Carpenter at CLOAKING .

Pictured here:  Bronxville senior Lara Florek, winner of the new Ellen O'Toole D'Arcy award.


Bronxville School Foundation Awards $301,000 in Grants to Support School Projects and Programs: See List PDF Print Email

June 15, 2011:  The Bronxville School Foundation announced the award of 18 grants totaling $301,000 for 2011.  All the grants will support programs that benefit children from kindergarten to 12th grade at The Bronxville School.

The request for grants came from teachers, administrators, students, and parents.  After careful consideration from the grants committee and the board of directors, grants were awarded to all areas of the school.

"This year's grant awards will enable our teachers to continue to innovate and implement new programs," stated Jennifer Mackesy, vice president of grants.  "Every school [elementary, middle, and high school] will benefit from the grants which have been awarded, and they will have a direct impact on our school programs next year."

Stephen Palfrey, chairman of the foundation, added further, "These grants support our mission to focus on pursuing innovative ideas, piloting new programs, and providing state-of-the-art technology that will allow us to enhance the quality of education for our students.  We are grateful for the community's support of the foundation, which allows us to invest in initiatives that create a more challenging and enriched environment for our students."

The approved grants for the 2011-2012 school year include:

Environmental Club Courtyard Project
• SmartMusic Subscriptions for Grades 4-6
• SMART Boards for Grade 1
• Literacy Programs for Middle & High School
• Portable Planetarium System
• Literacy Curriculum Development for Grades K-5
• SMART Boards for Elementary Music
• Science Wall Art Display
• Seniors Return to Yesteryear Project
• Big Belly Solar Trash & Recycling Compactor
• Restoration of the Auditorium Proscenium
• Attendance at National Council of English Teachers
• Announcement Screen for Elementary School
• Health & Wellness Pilot Program for Grades 1&2
• Television Production Equipment for High School
• Books for the Learning Center
• Digital Cameras for Special Education Grades K-5
• iPads & Applications for Special Education Grades K-5

Tracy Lilly, vice president of development, noted that the foundation had another strong year for the community, raising nearly $325,000.  "Our community understands the important role the foundation plays in enriching the school's programs and providing a first-rate education for our children.  This support is greatly appreciated."

The Bronxville School Foundation depends upon contributions from school families and the community.  For more information, contact the foundation's executive director, Peggy Williams, at 914-395-0515, or visit the foundation's website,  Online donations will be accepted.

Pictured here:  High School Environmental Club members discussing plans for the upcoming courtyard project funded by The Bronxville School Foundation.


Mary Turino, BHS '89, Places First in Jumping Tournament at Thunderbird Park, Vancouver PDF Print Email


June 15, 2011:  Mary Turino, a 1989 graduate of Bronxville High School, was an avid rider during her formative years in Bronxville and always loved to jump.  A hiatus in riding during her college years and early job experiences ended with her move to Seattle in 2000, when she started to ride again.

Initially, she was given a cute but sluggish horse, and she decided to shop around.  She found Joey on the Internet and made an acceptable offer, subject to a vet's report.  Joey is in the direct line of War Admiral, the 1937 Triple Crown winner and son of the legendary Man 'o War, but his confirmation papers said "jumper," not "racer."  Since acquiring Joey, Turino has worked hard to develop him into a fine jumper.  Her remark was always, "Joey loves his work."

Recently she worked with a trainer, Patrick Billes, to iron out a few wrinkles in her technique.  He persuaded her to enter the Thunderbird Park Canadian Premier Show Jumping Tournament in Vancouver in May because he was convinced that she would be "very competitive" in this Class A horse show.  The field included horses in the $50,000 to $200,000 price range.

And "competitive" she was.  Mary took first place in the over 3'6' jump courses, which qualified her to enter the Open Jumper Classic.  In this final competition over 3'9" fences, she took first place, again, taking home prize money.

Needless to say, her parents, Bill and Mary Turino of Bronxville, her sister, Hope, and brother, David, eagerly awaited the results of her events.  On learning the good news, Mary (mother) said, "We are all very proud of this team of Joey and Mary, particularly since she did it all by herself without monetary support from us.  She is a woman with a passion which she has followed with excellent results. It brings to mind Joseph Campbell's mantra, 'follow your bliss.' "

Maria Devlin, BHS '07, Takes Top Prize in English at UNC-Chapel Hill PDF Print Email


June 15, 2011:  Maria Devlin, a 2007 graduate of Bronxville High School, has won the 2011 James L. Whitfield Jr. Memorial Prize, the top prize given by the English Department at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, awarded for the best undergraduate honors project of the year.

Devlin won for her honors thesis, " 'More Needs She the Divine than the Physician': Doctor Faustus, Macbeth, and 'Practical Divinity' in Reformation England."

Devlin graduated summa cum laude on May 8 from UNC-Chapel Hill with a double major in mathematics and English and a minor in creative writing.  As a junior at UNC, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and to Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, and was one of ten students and three faculty members elected to the Order of the Grail/Valkyries, UNC-Chapel Hill's intellectual honorary society, which "recognizes individuals of outstanding character who have made significant contributions to the University's intellectual climate through excellence in scholarship, dynamic leadership, and innovative service."

Devlin was a finalist from the New York region in the 2011 Rhodes Scholarship competition.

In 2010 she won a Beinecke Scholarship, one of twenty college juniors from across the country selected to receive the prestigious $34,000 scholarship "for the graduate education of highly motivated young men and women of exceptional promise."  Her brother, John Devlin, BHS '04, Emory University '08, won a 2007 Beinecke Scholarship that he used for graduate study in orchestral conducting.  They are the only siblings to have won the national award.

At UNC-Chapel Hill, Devlin held the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship, a full merit scholarship for creative writing given to an incoming freshman "with exceptionally focused literary ability and promise."

Devlin will enter the Ph.D. program in English at Harvard in the fall.

Pictured here:  Maria Devlin, winner of UNC-Chapel Hill's James L. Whitfield Jr. Memorial Prize.

Photo by June Greenspan

Chapel School Students Produce Books in Young Authors and Illustrators Course PDF Print Email


June 15, 2011:  "May I have your autograph?"  That question was repeatedly asked of the sixteen authors/illustrators present at The Chapel School's book-signing event.  The event marked the last day of an eight-week after-school program, Young Authors and Illustrators.

At this event, the authors and illustrators, who ranged from ages 7 to 11, signed autographs on their books, displayed their colorful and captivating stories, and discussed the writing and illustrating processes with a room full of relatives, friends, and teachers.

Young Authors and Illustrators was taught by second-grade teacher Christina Danyluk.  Danyluk guided the children through the process of matching drawings to story lines created through their own imaginations.  By the end of the program, each child possessed his or her own bound creation.

The authors created their unique books based on a variety of topics--animals, sports, cooking, space, and adventure.  Among the titles are:  The Animals, The Dog That Ran Away, Game Plan, The Bunny, The Minor League Rivalry, Learn About the Eclipse, The Best Teacher Ever, The Kidnapper, Harry Potter and the Age of Friends, Welcome Home, Sammy!, Board Game Bash, Cooking Up Fun!, Eddie and Juno, Prowlers, Jason's Basketball Story, and A Hero Story.

Pictured here:  Students in the Young Authors and Illustrators after-school program at The Chapel School.

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