Maplebrook alumnus, Rodney Smith, Jr. (Class of 2008) is serving both his older and younger neighbors in the community of Huntsville, AL with his organization, Raising Men Lawn Care Service.
After graduating from Maplebrook School in 2008, Mr. Smith went onto college in Alabama, where he earned a degree in computer science. In 2015, Smith founded R.M.L.C.S., which provides free lawn care and driveway snow-shoveling services to Huntsville residents who are elderly, veterans, disabled, and single mothers by organizing boys and girls (7-17) to lend their neighbors a hand. In doing so, R.M.L.C.S. not only gives back to the community by taking care of lawns, but also fosters confidence and a growing sense of community awareness & responsibility in the youth who take the rakes and shovels into their hands to serve their neighbors.
In addition to being a mentor for the younger members of his Alabama community, Mr. Smith is an inspiring member of our alumni – one that current Maplebrook students can look up to as a role model. “His sensitivity and devotion towards others is amazing,” states Maplebook Head of School, Donna Konkolics. “Needless to say we are quite proud of Rodney.”
On Sunday, April 9, 2017 Maplebrook School will once again be a sponsor of the Hand in Hand 5K Run/Walk over the Hudson, the proceeds of which go towards the Panichi Center for Communication & Learning. This annual event is a great opportunity for our students to participate in the local community and to give back – and we invite you to join us!
New for this year, the race will be starting on the Poughkeepsie side of the Walkway over the Hudson, at 61 Parker Avenue. Entry fees are $20 for runners who register before race day (day-of fee is $25) and $10 for walkers. The first 125 runners will receive an event T-shirt, and prizes will be awarded to the first-place female and male runners. The walking event is non-competitive. Families with little ones are invited to participate as well – children under 5 can walk (or run!) in this event for free.
Downloadable registration and pledge forms may be found here on the Maplebrook School website. For more information on this event, or to pre-register, please call Tabitha at 845-373-9511 ext. 257. Registration for the 5K is also available online through active.com. We hope to see you at the Walkway on April 9th!
Eliza Goodall has been chosen as the February Athlete of the Month for her quality sportsmanship and skill demonstrated during the 2017 swimming season. Eliza is a veteran swimmer and excels in the pool, where she can execute a number of swimming strokes flawlessly. Eliza is also a talented diver.
Along with her natural athletic ability, Eliza is a great teammate. Always willing to help her fellow swimmers during practice and motivate them to complete drills, her drive and care for others has fostered a positive atmosphere around the MBS Pool.
On January 27th and 28th, Maplebrook School hosted Woodstock Day, Glenholme Academy, and Rumsey Hall schools for our annual Maplebrook Invitational Tournament (MIT) for basketball.
The 2017 MIT was packed with close games, dramatic wins, and a whole lot of fun. All teams were ready and eager to take home a trophy, and in front of a crowd consisting of parents, alumni, staff, and the MBS student body, all players demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and a high level of competitive basketball. Additionally, the MBS cheerleaders did an amazing job keeping spirits high throughout the entire weekend event. They performed a brand-new floor routine for the tournament, wearing new uniforms generously donated by the Park family and using pom-poms provided by the Helfant and Armusewicz families.
The first semifinal game of the tournament on Friday saw Rumsey Hall play a tough game against Woodstock Day School in a competitive match until the end. Ultimately, Woodstock Day would prevail and move on to the finals. The second semifinal match between Maplebrook School and Glenholme Academy turned out to be the best game of the tournament. The MBS Eagles jumped out to an early double digit lead, led by strong 3-point shooting from Ethan Crystal. Glenholme fought back and took an 8 point lead early in the second half. Ransom Larson, the MBS Eagles Athlete of the Month for January, played a superb game and led the MBS Eagles in a comeback with several assists and drives down the lane. The score went back and forth until, with less than a minute left, Glenholme scored the last basket of the game and upset the Eagles by one point.
In spite of the disappointing loss against Glenholme, Maplebrook came back ready to play again Saturday morning, but fell to defeat in the consolation game against Rumsey Hall. The Eagles fought hard, gave their best effort and delighted the home crowd with several 3-point shots, including one shocker of a basket from beyond half-court by senior, Diego Davila—but in the end, these exciting points weren’t quite enough for a victory. In the championship game at the end of the tournament, Woodstock Day won against Glenholme to earn 1st Place in the 2017 MIT.
Appreciation goes out to all the players, spectators, and cheerleaders who played well, had a great time, and helped others to enjoy this year’s exciting tournament. All of the coaches and referees noted the amazing sportsmanship demonstrated by the teams throughout the weekend.
Ransom Larson has been chosen as the January Athlete of the Month for his leadership and tremendous work ethic in practice and games this basketball season. Ransom is a true team player who plays with a lot of heart, and portrays good sportsmanship with both opponents and teammates. His basketball skills improve weekly.