DCMS Brings Home Gold!

Deep Creek Middle School has a long history of being a track and field legend. Although small, DCMS students earn more medals on average than competitor schools. This year was no different at the All-Eleuthera Track and Field Meet. Our talented team of 12 students took home 21 medals:

  • Track athletes (2)Keniesha Pinder – Gold in 400m, Gold in 200m, Silver in 100m
  • Destinee Outten – Gold in Shot Put, Silver in Long Jump,
  • Khristian Outten –Silver in 4x100m, Bronze in 1500m, Bronze in discuss
  • Elgin Gibson – Gold in 800m, Gold in High Jump, Silver in 4x100m, Bronze in 400m
  • Ashton Symonette – Gold in Shot Put
  • Petron  Knowles – Silver in Shot Put
  • Tyler Leary – Gold in 200m, Gold in Discus, Silver in Shot Put, Silver in 4x100m, Silver in 100m
  • Shanice Symonette – Bronze in 100m
  • Cameron Thompson – Silver in 4x100m

Four of these students made it to the National Track and Field Meet and two received medals:

  • Destinee Outten – Gold Medal in Shot Put
  • Elgin Gibson – Silver Medal in 800m

Many DCMS alums are currently at school in  the US and also collecting the wins.  Congratulations to Anna McCartney (DCMS ’10, Wilbraham and Monson ’14), Treshae Clarke (DCMS ’11, Wilbraham and Monson ’15), Benjamin Williams (DCMS ’10, Pennington ’14), and Lionel Johnson (DCMS ’11, Woodberry Forest ’15).  Benjamin currently holds the Class B high jump record in the state of New Jersey. Keep your eye out on all these students in future years.

Anna McCartney anchors the 4x100Lionel Johnson  track meet at Woodberry Forest

Student Update April 27, 2013

Last night, we got to go on a night dive for Marine Ecology –It was one of the coolest things we've done yet! Seeing the fish, invertebrates, and coral polyps all interact at night helped me understand the way the marine ecosystem works on a deeper level. For example, we saw actually saw the hard coral nematocysts out feeding, which only happens at night because there is no sunlight to provide the coral with energy (via zooxanthelle, a symbiotic coral algae). We saw lots of invertebrates out feeding, bio-luminescence  as well as large carnivorous fish. We watched as the horse-eye jack would dart in and out of our dive lights. Getting to experience the marine ecosystem at night really gave me a new perspective. Speaking of new perspectives, in Histories class, our new unit is on tourism: what it means to be a tourist, how tourism has impacted the Caribbean, specifically the Bahamas, etc. We have discussed different works on tourism including the controversial essay A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid. Yesterday, we visited Princess Cays, the place on Eleuthera where the Princess Cruiselines come to port. A giant 3000 passenger cruise ship was anchored at the Cay, and hundreds of tourists were hanging out around the man-made beach. We later learned that people had brought sand over from different places to build the beach at Princess Cays, which is a typical practice when building resorts. It was interesting to see the shift in the way I saw this touristy area. The beach looked like any beach; there were no features that were uniquely Eleuthera, and I felt like the people were really missing out on what it means to visit this place. Before, I probably would have enjoyed destination like Princess Cays with lots of water sports activities, snack bars, etc. but while we were visiting, I couldn’t help noticing how stereotypical the experience was. It really made me question the way I see tourism.

In Human Ecology, we have started the intensives unit where we choose one of three areas of focus (i.e. Aquaponics, Sustainable farming, or Plastics) to delve deeper into during 3, 3-hour classes. I chose Aquaponics since that was the one I knew the least about and found the most intriguing. The Island School Aquaponics is a unique lettuce-growing, tilapia-breeding sustainable system. It is all connected so that the nutrients from the fish poop support the growth of the lettuce, and the lettuce filters to water to support the fish. It is amazing how we utilize the capabilities of each natural process. The system is almost completely sustainable; the only thing necessary to maintain the system is the fish food. We grow quite a bit of lettuce and breed harvestable tilapia, all the while using 90% less water than any comparable system! I would definitely love to bring this idea back home on a smaller scale.

 

Get on the Bus!

IMG_0959On Friday April 5th, Fall 2012 alumna Cate Ellison participated in "Get on the Bus", an event organized by Amnesty International. She travelled from Boston to New York City to protest human rights issues with a group of twenty students, and two faculty members from Noble & Greenough School. Total, there were about 200 people from Massachusetts who "got on the bus". Throughout the day, they were protesting and learning about different human rights issues in Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tibet, and Birma. They protested to end arbitrary detention in Sri Lanka, protected the rights and safety of civilians and people who have been internally displaced in Sudan, fought for the freedom of Tibetan film-maker, Dhondup Wangchen, and freedom for prisoners of conscience in Burma. In the morning, when Cate and her classmates first arrived to New York City, they listened to speakers talk about their experiences in these countries, and how they were directly affected by the lack of human rights in their countries. While all the stories were powerful, one that really stood out to IMG_0967Cate was the story of a man's experience with arbitrary detention in Sri Lanka. Arbitrary detention is when a person is arrested, despite the fact that there is no hard evidence against them, there was no process of law, like we have here in the United States. He told the crowd of the horrors of jail that he faced, how the guards treated him like an animal, and many more terrible things, despite the fact that he did nothing. After hearing this story, it made Cate feel grateful for the rights that we have here in the US, and made her even more excited to protest the human rights of others. In the afternoon, they went out to four different locations, and protested this issues. They had different posters and chants for each one of the issues, and signed many different petitions, hoping to end the injustices that are happening globally. Cate says about the experience, "I am so glad that I decided to go to this event, and the experience made me appreciate the value of the rights that everyone in our country are given."

Student Update April 23, 2013

Life at the Island School just slowed down dramatically, and I’m not sure whether I like it or not. With half the class gone, our community is so much smaller and quieter. I really miss all the energy created by having our whole community around. On the upside though, I will definitely get to know this group of 24 students a lot better in the next 3 weeks. I like that for Kayak rotations, the faculty separate us from groups that have already formed, in order to push our limits and force us to branch out. It allows us to become close to a variety of different people and tightens the community as a whole. Yesterday, we spent the entire morning in my favorite class: Research. For Shark Physiology, we went out to the wall and laid out a longline. This week longlineis going to be very fishing-intensive since we need a lot more actual data. In the past, we have been really focused on understanding the complexities behind our project. After the past couple of intense weeks though, I think we have a pretty robust understanding of physiology and the convoluted effects of stress. When laying out a longline, we have to first set up our gangions (each with a circle hook, accelerometer, hook timer, and GoPro video camera). After, we bait the hooks with pieces of bloody fish. Before sharks, I had never touched a fish before in my life (I’m also a vegetarian), now, I’m used to having fish blood and guts all over me. Unfortunately, yesterday, no sharks bit our line. On the bright side, we got practice laying out a longline with less people since half our class was gone. The incredible graphic above, which demonstrates the set-up, was designed by the very talented Read Frost who is a student on the shark team with me.

Lacrosse, Not Just for New England & Maryland!

 

On a cold and rainy day in Eleuthera, the DCMS PE teacher decided to teach the students of Deep Creek Middle School a little cold New England sport called lacrosse. The first hurdle was the spelling of the sport, but students are giggling with delight as they practice holding the sticks and gain throwing skills. Thanks to Island School alum, Elliot Wellenbach (F'11) who donated the equipment to the students after running the first Eleutheran Lacrosse Camp last summer. Elliot and his sister Lilly will return to Eleuthera this August to continue to build upon the students' skills.