This Saturday was a red-letter day for Bancroft students. Unhampered by the cold, dreary weather, they achieved great things in a broad range of pursuits, from tournaments to theater performances to a diversity conference. It was as if someone had declared it the day to show how much you can accomplish when you work together as a team.
As Head of Middle School Trevor O’Driscoll put it, “These threads of goodness speak to how many wonderful things are happening at Bancroft.”
- Great Start to Season for US Robotics Team
- 8th Grader Places 2nd in NE Varsity Cross Country Championships
- Speech Team Brings Home 6 Awards
- Field Hockey Team Plays Hard in EIL Tournament
- Monsters, Inc. Performance Closes Out Fall Session for CARE & Horizons Groups
- MS Diversity Conference
The Bancroft Robodogs had a fantastic first outing today at the "Nothing But Net" Tournament at Quinsigamond Community College.
- At the end of the qualifying rounds our teams placed 3rd (Team C), 7th (Team A), 9th (Team E) and 11th (Team B) out of a field of 43 robots. All four teams were selected to compete in the final rounds.
- Team C (Cory, Loan, P.J. Muhammad, and Watts) made it all the way to the championship round. Although they lost the match they still qualified to compete in the regional championships in March.
- Team D (Ryan, Max, Aodhagen, Alex, Oscar and Aidan) brought home the coveted Design Award for their solid build and their outstanding Engineering notebook. They also qualified for the regional championship in March.
Coach Heinricher reported that, “All of the Robodogs competed like true champions and spent all day on both Veterans Day and Friday working at school on their robots. We have a lot of new freshmen this year and they all participated like they had been doing this for years. A great start to the season!”
Bancroft's Varsity Cross Country teams traveled to South Kent, CT, for the NEPSTA Division IV Championships. Head of School Trey Cassidy called the course "the most challenging 5k I have seen in all my years of competing and coaching." The uphills were steep and long, including a nearly mile-long hill in the early part of the race that led more than a handful of runners to walk. (Not ours!) It was windy and cold all day, but that did not deter our harriers. The teams finished well overall with the boys in 11th out of 33 teams and the girls 12th out of 19 scoring teams.
Top finishers were Page C. in 2nd for the girls and Phillip O. in 27th for the boys. Page recorded the same time as the overall winner but got out-leaned at the line by inches in a photo finish. Such an exciting day for our teams and their fans. Full results here http://coolrunning.com/results/15/ct/Nov14_2015NE_set1.shtml
Congratulations to our Bancroft orators! Ten Speechies competed in the Gracia Burkill Tournament at Natick High School and the team brought back six awards, including two first place awards:
Tiana B. & Cameron C. – 1st Place in Duo Interpretation
Colton C. – 1st Place in Poetry Reading
Karan M. – 2nd place in Extemporaneous Speaking
Lydia C. – 4th Place in Children's Literature
Chelsea S. – 5th Place in Original Oratory
Colton C. – Semifinals in Prose Reading
The following students have now qualified for the state tournament in March: Tiana B., Cameron C., Colton C. (in 2 events), Lydia C., Caroline M., and Chelsea S.
Fighting through the cold and wind on the field, Bancroft's Varsity Field Hockey team gave their all at the EIL Tournament at Winsor School in Boston, beating Berwick 1-0 in the first game. Riley B. scored the goal off a corner and Jennah V. had the shutout. The girls then played Pingree for the Pool B Championship, and despite a good effort, lost 3-1. Carleigh O. scored the goal for Bancroft and Alyssa J. had a defensive save. "The Bancroft girls played hard and competed well as their season came to a close. It was a great day with great parent/fan support and a wonderful tailgate,” said Coach Jane Gerhardt.
Over the course of seven weeks, 35 Bancroft US students came to school every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. for the fall session of CARE and Horizons, the US clubs in which our students interact and mentor children, teens, and young adults from the greater Worcester community who have moderate special needs.
The CARE group is a recreational club where the volunteers and participants meet in the gym to play and hang out. The Horizons group meets in the theatre, where the volunteers and participants work together to produce a play. On Saturday, the Horizons production of Monsters, Inc. went off without a hitch! Jane Merritt, faculty advisor to the group (along with teacher Sandy Allen), says, “All the participants in these programs are amazing and caring! They never cease to amaze the parents, Sandy, and me. This program is Bancroft students at their best.”
As the faculty sent emails back and forth, reporting all the amazing student accomplishment, MS Head Trevor O’Driscoll shared the following message: “Continuing these dominoes of joy, [MS math teacher] Lyssa Steponaitis was the driving force behind our trip on Saturday to the AISNE Middle School Diversity Conference at Meadowbrook School in Weston. Twelve MSers made the journey to connect with other kids in a variety of workshops and talks that celebrated and confronted issues connected to our diverse world. No trophies, but a huge victory for humanity.”
On a weekend marked by great sadness in Paris and other parts of the world, it was truly heartwarming to see so many young people working together to accomplish great things.