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Relationship Building Looms Large With Musical Actor Ryan Widd ’11

Relationship Building Looms Large With Musical Actor Ryan Widd ’11 By Al Daniel Correlation or not, separation from Montessori Community School nearly derailed Ryan Widd’s ’11 theatre career. That was until an MCS connection put his spirits back on track. Now fresh out of the University of Tampa, and uprooted to Broadway’s neighborhood, Widd has...

Amy Hicks ’11 Getting Handier With Cameras, Travel Docs

Amy Hicks ’11 Getting Handier With Cameras, Travel Docs By Al Daniel For several close-ups in her latest and, to date, longest film, Amy Hicks ’11 makes Sean Ruttkay and Ian Balding her hand models. Riding Wrightsville, Hicks’s senior capstone project at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, captures a day around the surfing scene at...

Drew Gilleskie Keeps His Friends and Himself Close As WPU Hoops Recruit

Drew Gilleskie Keeps His Friends and Himself Close As WPU Hoops Recruit By Al Daniel You might say Drew Gilleskie’s years at the Montessori Community School were the starting five on his basketball career. Entering as a second-year Lower Elementary student in 2008 and staying through the end of Upper Elementary in 2013, the soon-to-be...

Ned Dibner’s Conception Builds Brighter, Higher-Tech Futures

Ned Dibner’s Conception Builds Brighter, Higher-Tech Futures By Al Daniel Sometimes the Montessori Community School’s greatest effects come to fruition on other campuses. Ned Dibner was merely 13, and one year removed from graduating the Upper Elementary program, when he witnessed what is commonly called “the digital divide” as it relates to American education. During...

Impulse to Improve Drives Educator Ben Harris ’03

Impulse to Improve Drives Educator Ben Harris ’03 By Al Daniel At Camp Riverlea, Ben Harris ’03 epitomizes the give-and-take dynamic. For roughly three quarters of his existence, he has been there in one capacity or another. Based in the Durham County community of Bahama, the camp caters to children between the ages of five...

Elizabeth Burch-Hudson: MCS ‘The Kind of School You Bring Home to Your Parents’

Elizabeth Burch-Hudson: MCS ‘The Kind of School You Bring Home to Your Parents’ By Al Daniel Through its tagline, Elizabeth Burch-Hudson’s award-winning short film, A Service to My Gender, poses a basic but deep question. “Can you trust someone you’ve only just met?” Though implicitly rhetorical and cautionary in the context of the story, the...

For Lucia Craige ‘12, ’Excitement’ Conquers ‘Apprehension’ in New Experiences

For Lucia Craige ‘12, ’Excitement’ Conquers ‘Apprehension’ in New Experiences By Al Daniel Lucia Craige ’12 was at the Montessori Community School for two years, enrolling in and graduating from the Adolescent Community. Yet so much has stuck with her since that relatively short chapter in her education. To match that deceptive narrowness, one can...

Jackson Asaro ’14 Going Strong As an Oxford Undergrad

Jackson Asaro ’14 Going Strong As an Oxford Undergrad By Al Daniel Being stateside last month for a spring “holiday” and taking the opportunity to kick back and watch his beloved Duke Blue Devils reach the NCAA Men’s Elite Eight was a rare moment of downtime for Jackson Asaro ’14. It also marked one of...

Trevor Howarth ’09 Looks to Keep Learning While Developing His Inner Mentor

Trevor Howarth ’09 Looks to Keep Learning While Developing His Inner Mentor By Al Daniel The too-late-for-his-time arrival of an Ultimate Frisbee team may be Trevor Howarth’s greatest regret regarding the Montessori Community School. During this calendar decade, he and his pre-K-through-adolescence alma mater took up the game separately. While he devoted his extracurricular minutes...