Summer Proves Pivotal in Student Lives
by William Powers on Friday, June 6th, 2014
In just a few short hours, the 2013-2014 school year will come to its much anticipated end, and Milton’s students will scatter from campus to begin summer break. Some are hopping on planes headed to all corners of the globe, while others are walking a mere block away to their houses. Regardless of where they will spend the next few months, all Milton students have something planned for the summer. From climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to interning for the Massachusetts Senator, seven Milton students have particularly remarkable summers ahead of them.
Rika Ichinose (III)
Rika will start off her summer this year by traveling to Japan, where she will stay for three weeks. During this time, she will teach English classes at Keio Youchisha, a private elementary school affiliated with Keio University in Tokyo. During last week’s Wednesday assembly, Rika spoke to Class II and III students about the years of difficult Japanese lessons she endured and how they all paid off last summer, when she got a chance to teach English in Japan, the country she has been visiting since she was born. “I finally realized I was [going to] Japanese school so I could be fluent in a language and culture that I love,” she said. “I love Japan. My heart belongs there.”
Rika will be staying at her grandmother’s house in the middle of Tokyo. While she is in the capital, she loves to visit Ginza, a shopping district famous for its luxurious boutiques, department stores, and weekly period of “pedestrian heaven,” a specific time in the week where it closes the main streets off from cars.
After she comes back, Rika will be doing three weeks of research in Synthetic Biology through the Boston Leadership Institute. According to the Institute’s website, this research involves “analyzing DNA and inserting genes into bacteria.”
Eli and Henry Burnes (IV)
The famed duo of identical twins, freshmen at Milton, the Burnes Brothers will be sailing all over the country this summer. Since they began sailing from a young age, the twins have competed both nationally and internationally at a high level. Both sailed at the 2012 National Championships for the Optimist Class, a type of boat, picking up a 2nd and an 8th place award among a fleet of 180 sailors. Henry went to compete in the North American Championships and Eli to the World Championships in Italy.
This year, the boys were starting varsity skippers for the Milton team, along with Nick DiGiovanni (II) and Charlie Blasberg (I).
The boys will be sailing at regattas and qualifiers all summer. They plan to compete at Falmouth and Hyannis Regattas, as well as the CJ Buckley Team Racing Regatta at which they will sail with the Milton team. Eli and Henry also aim to sail at the New England Championships on Cape Cod, the National Championships in San Diego, and the North American Championships in New Jersey. If they are successful at these events, the twins may have the chance to attend the Youth Sailing World Championships again, this year in Texas.
Allison Jiyoon Choi (II)
Over the summer, Allison will participate in the Leadership Program with Boston’s City School. This opportunity involves students in community building projects such as internships at nonprofits around Boston and seminars to build leadership skills.
The program begins with a three-day retreat during which the participating high school students “build a sense of community.” After this retreat, Allison will spend six and a half weeks doing service around the city, including a “Community Action Project” in which she will design her own service venture in Boston. According to the site for the City School, past projects have included “a march for peace along Boston’s violent hot spots, planning the curriculum for a teenage pregnancy program, [and] a guerilla theater campaign on drug abuse and its effects.”
In the same vein as this summer program, Allison leads ASC Club, or Arts with a Social Conscience, alongside Yemi Olorunwunmni (I). Towards the end of the year, the Club’s board members created art around the theme of homelessness. To research for this project, Allison and Yemi went into Boston and interviewed various individuals.
In addition to her involvement in City School this summer, Allison will be dancing in various programs around Cambridge and Boston.
Francesca Ely-Spence (I)
Before starting her freshman year at Barnard College, the Women’s College of Columbia University, Francesca has plans to visit Greece and Montreal this summer.
Following a family tradition, she will be staying on the Greek Island of Hydra. Hydra lies in the Aegean Sea, consisting of two small islands with a combined population of only 3,000 people, according to the New York Times. “It doesn’t have any cars, just boats and donkeys,” Francesca said. “We rent a house that’s about 20 yards from the ocean.”
In August, she’ll be attending a music festival in Montreal called Osheaga. The festival will feature hundreds of musicians and groups across many genres. Although she isn’t yet sure what she’s going to see, headliner artists for the festival include the recently reunited OutKast, Jack White, Skrillex, Lorde, and Childish Gambino.
In addition to her summer travels, Francesca, like many other Milton students, hopes to get a job somewhere near her house in Boston. “Either Picco or Café Madeleine,” she said. “But I’m probably going to apply to a few other places.”
Malcolm McCann (IV)
Last year’s freshman class councillor, Malcolm will be backpacking across the continent of Europe with the camping program Overland Summers. He will arrive in Barcelona, Spain and transgress the Spanish Pyrenees along the GR-11 trail, moving through small villages and immersing himself in the European culture. His trip will take him through the French Alps, from Chamonix to Mont Blanc, as he hikes through three countries over the course of thirteen days: France, Italy, and Switzerland. After an exhausting four weeks, Malcolm will finally get the chance to rest his legs in Geneva, Switzerland.
“I’m excited to explore Europe and really get to witness the difference in hiking between two cultures. Hiking for a month will be challenging,” Malcolm said, but what else could you expect from such an energetic freshman?
When asked if he will be spending time biking with his sister, Malcolm responded “I couldn’t keep up with Juliet McCann (II) even if I wanted.” A trip to Iceland remains in store for Malcolm, who said “all I want is to be free again.”
Peter Remsen (II)
This summer, Peter will be interning for Massachusetts Senator Bruce Tarr at the State House in Boston. In addition to representing the First Essex and Middlesex District, Tarr is the Republican House Minority Leader.
What kind of work will Peter be doing for Senator Tarr? “Probably just getting coffee,” he said. “But I’d like to think that I’ll be answering calls or something.”
Before his internship, for some of June, Peter will be working at his Yacht Club in Gloucester, MA. “I’ll just be helping out around the docks, fixing boats and hedges and things. Maybe I’ll teach some eight-year olds how to swim. Stuff like that,” he said.
Peter will end his summer with another exciting endeavor: backpacking around the Midwest. As part of a trip he organized himself, Peter will start in South Dakota, summiting “Devil’s Tower.” Formed out of the solidified magma of a prehistoric volcano, the vertical freestanding pillar of rock extends over 1200 ft. above the plains. Peter then plans to “wander the Badlands for a while,” and hike around Yellowstone National Park and Montana to end his two-week adventure.
Trevor Atkeson (III)
In his home city of Beijing, Trevor will first be interning at LP Amina, a multinational environmental engineering company that specializes in creating technology for power plants.
Later in the summer, he will be training in Iten, Kenya with Connor James (II) as part of a running camp. This summer will be Connor’s third time at the camp and Trevor’s first. “We do community service at the school and then we stay at the training center in Iten, where most of the Olympic athletes and a lot of the top Kenyans stay and train. It’s not a hotel; it’s more like a compound.” This training center is located in Western Kenya with an altitude of over 7,800ft. The camp is located near the Great Rift Valley, which is edged by some of the tallest mountains in Africa and some of the deepest lakes in the world.
Finally, Trevor plans to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro , with his father and his sister Lindsey (’13). Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, at 19,341ft above sea level.
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