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Winter 2017 Team Night

Stoneleigh-Burnham School held Team Night on Thursday, Feb. 23 to celebrate student athletes and mark the end of the winter athletics season. The following awards were presented:

Advanced Dance Award: Annalie Gilbert Keith

Beginner/Intermediate Dance Award: Ira Hysi

JV Basketball Most Valuable Player: Carol Huang

JV Basketball Most Improved Player: Rachel Cho

JV Basketball Sportsmanship Award: Nashaylah Pierre-Louis

Varsity Basketball Most Valuable Player Award: Kelsie Jacobs

Varsity Basketball Coaches’ Award: Madison Crocker

Varsity Basketball Most Improved Player: Elena Launert

Synchronized Skating Team Coaches’ Award for Leadership: Ye Eun Kim

Synchronized Skating Team Most Improved Award: Monica Wu

Isabela Cusano ’19 Qualifies for IEA Zone 1 Finals

At the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Regional Finals over the weekend, Isabela Cusano ’19 qualified for Zone 1 Finals. Cusano and the Stoneleigh-Burnham IEA Team competed at Regionals at Mt. Holyoke College on Saturday, Feb. 25. In the category of beginner on the flat, Cusano took 1st place in the team ride and 3rd place in the individual ride.

Here are the rest of the results:

Maren Vogel ’17: 6th place team ride over fences
Jax Morgan ’19: 3rd place team flat ride, 5th place individual ride on the flat

Clem Silvain ’19: 5th for team flat ride, 4th for individual ride on the flat
Great individual over fences ride from Jada Nimer ’19

Anni Richard ’20: 6th place for the team over fences ride
Great individual jumping and flat and team flat ride from Payton Lawrence

Congratulations and thank you to the whole team for coming to support and help run the show!

SBS Theater Presents Macbeth

We are proud to present William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth on the Emerson Hall stage in the school’s gym on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. with a final matinee on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.

Macbeth follows the title character’s ill-fated journey from a comfortable position as a prominent soldier to that of a murderous king. This is a classic tale of greed, ego, morality, and the dangers of a lust for power. Directed by Julian Findlay.

Performances are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.

IB Art Exhibit

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Art Exhibit will open Wednesday, Feb. 22 in Geissler Gallery. A reception will be held that afternoon from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The exhibit runs until Friday, March 3.

The exhibit will feature the artwork of six-year senior Star Stryker-Erbuk, who is from Amherst, MA.

Stryker-Erbuk will display work produced over the past two years in the IB Art course. Her work is in a variety of media, including both two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces.

Geissler Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call 413-774-2711 or visit

Sophie Hathaway ’18 Places First In Kingswood Oxford Debate

Sophie Hathaway ’18

Sophie Hathaway ’18 earned first place in After-Dinner Speaking at a public speaking competition at Kingswood Oxford in West Hartford, CT on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.

Dr. Paul Bassett, head coach of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate and Public Speaking Society, said this is the second year in a row that she has placed first in this category at this competition. Hathaway also placed third in Impromptu Speaking.

“She’s on a roll,” Bassett said. “She’s doing just great.”

Hathaway has previously qualified as a world competitor as part of the U.S. Team at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship in Sydney, Australia this spring.

Siri Sundaraneedi ’18 Competes in Lions Club Public Speaking Finals

Siri Sundaraneedi ’18

Siri Sundaraneedi ’18 competed in the Western Massachusetts District Finals of the Lions Club Youth Speech Competition in Springfield, MA on Jan. 28, 2017, and finished in second place. As a result, she will be an alternate at the State Finals this spring.

Sundaraneedi, of Burlington, MA, qualified to compete in the WMass Finals after placing first in the Franklin County Region Finals on Jan. 12, 2017.

Sundaraneedi is a member of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate and Public Speaking Society. She was sponsored as a competitor in the annual Lions Club Youth Public Speaking Competition by the Deerfield Lions Club.

For more information on the Lions Club Youth Speech Competition, visit their website.

Folly Farm IEA Show Results

Five members out of the 18 members of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team competed at Folly Farm in Simsbury, CT on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Here are the results:

Maren Vogel ’17: 2nd place over fences, 4th place on the flat

Gwen Healy ’19: 4th place on the flat

Anni Richard ’20: 3rd place over fences, 1st place on the flat

Sophie Byrne ’17: 4th place

Middle school noice:
Ella Mackenzie: 2ns place over fences

Despite having only a few team members competing, the upper school team earned third place overall out of 12 teams.

Through this show, Maren Vogel ’17 qualified for Regional Finals for open over fences, and Anni Richard ’20 qualified for regional finals for novice over fences.

IB Art 1 Students Show Work at Artspace Teen Show

Grace Grover ’18, Self-portrait. Newsprint, acrylic, and chalk pastel on pastel paper.

Each of the six students from International Baccalaureate (IB) Art 1 has a piece of work in the 2017 Annual Franklin County Teen Show. The show opened on January 23 in the Gallery at Artspace at 15 Mill St., Greenfield. The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, January 27 at Artspace.

Students showing their artwork are:
Elena Launert ’17
Ingrid Storebo ’17
Siri Sundaraneedi ’18
Ember Larregui ’18
Grace Grover ’18
Isabel Branzei ’18

Artspace Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 12-2:30 p.m., 4-6 p.m., and by appointment. For more information, call 413-772-6811 or visit

To learn more about the IB program at Stoneleigh-Burnham, click here.

Results from Shallowbrook Farm IEA Show

Stoneleigh-Burnham riders competed in an Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) show at Shallowbrook Farm in Somers, Conn. on January 15, 2017. Though the SBS Upper School IEA Team has already qualified for the Regional Finals coming up in February, SBS garnered the points to tie for Champion at Shallowbrook out of a total of 20 teams who competed.

Here are the individual results for the Upper School team:

Jax Morgan ’19: 6th place over fences
Anna Shuster ’20: 4th on the flat
Khaki Warford ’18: 6th on the flat

Clem Silvain ’19: 3rd place over fences, 3rd place on the flat
Jada Nimer ’19: 6th place over fences
Great rides from Antonia Gallenkamp ’18

Payton Lawrence: 2nd place over fences, 2nd place on the flat
Anni Richards ’20: 1st place over fences, 6th place on the flat

Isabela Cusano ’19: 1st place
Nina Kauderer ’20: 4th place
Sophie Byrne ’17: 6th place

Through this show, Clem Silvain ’19 has qualified on the flat for the intermediate division (adding to her previously qualified over fences) for Region Finals, Payton Lawrence has qualified on the flat for the novice division (adding to her previously qualified over fences) for Region Finals, and Isabela Cusano ’19 has qualified for the beginner division for Region Finals.

The IEA team has a final show next weekend in which the remainder of the team still needing their fifth show will compete.

The Stoneleigh-Burnham School IEA team.

Siri Sundaraneedi Earns First Place in Lions Club Speech Competition

Siri Sundaraneedi '18

Siri Sundaraneedi ’18

On January 12, 2017, Siri Sundaraneedi ’18 of Burlington, Mass., competed in the Franklin County Lions Club Speech Competition and finished first place. As a result, she will complete in the District Finals in Springfield, Mass., on January 28, 2017.

From this point forward in the state competition, Siri will be sponsored by the Deerfield Lions Club. Siri is a member of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate and Public Speaking Society.

Lions Club President Pam Hodgkins presided over the competition, which concluded with a lovely dinner, reported SBS Head Debate Coach Dr. Paul Bassett.

The topic for this year’s state competition is “Political Correctness: Has it gone too far?”

Congratulations, Siri!