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Educating Boys - It's What We Do!

Take a closer look at our most recent student-centered programming here on the Hilltop.  

The Salisbury faculty know and understand young men, and celebrate what it means to be a boy.  As a school designed for boys, our emphasis on relational learning enables Salisbury faculty to build authentic relationships with each student.  When a student feels known and valued, he is empowered to persevere through challenges and stay actively engaged.  Our distinctive course offerings are carefully designed to prepare students for the rigors of college and to think independently.  The all-boys classroom nurtures the confidence to take risks and inspires growth. Numerous resources are available to guide students while accomplishing his goals and reaching his full potential.  

In the classroom and on the field, Salisbury transforms a young man's character to graduate confident, spirited, curious, and loyal gentlemen and brothers.

On June 5th, nine students and three faculty members traveled to Ghana for ten days for Salisbury’s second trip to this fascinating country. This year’s team was based in the town of Ho, Ghana and spent each morning working on a service project in a local school. When we weren’t working with the kids and teachers, the team was able to visit the Right to Dream Academy, Hearts of the Father orphanage and tourist sites throughout the region as we came to know the people and culture of this amazing West African country.

The Salisbury team consisted of nine students: Seth Gelwarg ’20, Peter Gottseggen ’21, James Jadick ’22, Ryan Mohyeddin ’22, Brandon Roughly ’20, Mateo Rufo ’19, Drew Vernali ’20, Raleigh Wynot ’19, and Thomas Yegbor ’20. The team leaders were faculty members Ian Johnson, James Simboli and Kirk Hall. Hosted by Cross Cultural Solutions, an NGO with programs hosting teams like ours all over the world, we were able to visit and work in St. George Anglican Primary School by building shelves and basic furniture for their everyday use. At a school of 336 students and 18 teachers, the time was also spent getting to know the students, teachers and the educational system in the Volta region. By the end of the stay, we were able to dedicate three enclosed, lockable book chests and bag hangers to that community on behalf of Salisbury and the ongoing relationship between our two schools.

When it was not working directly with the local school, the team had a variety of opportunities to learn more about Ghanaian life and culture. We enjoyed a lesson on traditional drumming and dancing where Thomas Yegbor ’20 jumped in to the amazement of the instructors, tried the local cuisine and heard more about the educational system in Ghana. We traveled to the highest waterfall in West Africa, a monkey reserve more tame than Payson Dorm and we traveled all the way to the Cape Coast Castle for a powerful experience standing where many African slaves last touched their home soil. We also had the chance to visit Hearts of the Father orphanage, started by John and Libby Moritz, from Sheffield, MA, after their own children died in a car accident. The home continues to expand through a new school on campus that will serve the members of the orphanage as well as the local community.

The highlights for many members of the team were our two visits to the Right to Dream Academy. Not only was it fun to learn about this incredible program that offers opportunities to young, aspiring Ghanaian soccer players, it was amazing to reunite our own Thomas Yegbor ’20 with his friends and family after three years at Salisbury. We are always grateful to our hosts at Right to Dream for their hospitality and work. After ten days, the team was ready for a long flight home and forever changed through the new relationships with one another and their new Ghanaian friends.

Please view our Ghana trip photo album through SmugMug. 

-Reverend Kirk Hall '90 

In the week leading up to Graduation, a group of seniors, faculty members Curtis Rand and Jon Siff, and former faculty Hugh Cheney took a week-long trip to Wyoming to explore Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. The purpose of the trip was to expose our students to field-based studies in forest ecology and fire, geology, wildlife, and the effects of global climate change in all of these areas. This trip was made possible with the generous funds made available to our science department through the Kleberg Foundation. 

Salisbury firmly believes in the value of experiential-based learning, where the outdoor environment is the classroom. Hugh Cheney reflects on the trip: "It is a wonder to observe the boys open up in these surroundings. Their curiosity blooms, their questions abound. This was a particularly good group of boys who were engaged, bright, and did not utter a word of complaint in spite of the raw, wet, snowy weather we had while camping. We learned a great deal, observed spectacular landscapes and the iconic wildlife in the parks. One early morning in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone was particularly memorable when we observed a sow grizzly and her two cubs prey on an elk calf." 

Our boys thoroughly enjoyed their time in Wyoming and the life-long learning experience that they shared in together. 

To view photos from the event, please see our SmugMug album. 

Student spotlight: max lampe '22 

1. What have you learned in your time on the Hilltop that's been most useful to you and has had the most impact on your life thus far?

While at Salisbury, I have learned the importance of Brotherhood and the true meaning of respecting others. I have really been enjoying my time at School thus far, and I hope to have equally fun times as the years go on. I have also learned to appreciate true sportsmanship. America is a country of sports and you can really understand that when you attend a football or soccer game where all students come out dressed in jerseys and cheer their lungs out. I think the best sportsmanship experience I encountered this year was at the Hotchkiss football game, where we were all chanting and cheering every time we got an interception or scored one of our many touchdowns. After winning, we all started singing the Sarum Hymn as we rushed the field and took back the trophy.

2. What's your favorite place on campus and why?       

There are so many places that I love being on the campus of Salisbury. There are some amazing views that I witness from outside my window. I think that my favorite spot on campus is probably the Media Lab. I really enjoy technology, and having a class with Mr. Johnson and the other five students. This was probably my favorite class because it was so innovative and interesting. Almost every class, we would go outside with cameras and try to take the best pictures with a specific task. We would later upload them to our designated computers and sometimes make an innovative project with them, like a fading canvas going from green colors, to yellow, and reds. This was the first time I had ever used a camera like this before and I would gladly take the class again if I have the opportunity.

3. What's your favorite activity and why? 

I think that the class I enjoy the most, other than digital photography, is probably Spanish. Before coming here, I had taken Spanish during two years in middle school and I was always interested in it. Because I fluently speak French, learning another Latin language comes fairly easy. When I arrived to Salisbury, I was put in Spanish II, but quickly moved up to Spanish IV. This class was one of my favorites because I got to meet many interesting students. I also think this class was very useful as we moved beyond the basic stages of verbs and conjugation and worked on reading comprehension, conversations and more. 

I think that at Salisbury, cross country is my favorite sport. I started running cross country in 7th grade and I have always enjoyed it. My father is also a big runner and he is the one who got me started with running. When we were young, I used to ride my bike when he was running around Paris. We would always do a long trip on Sundays to the Seine because the roads were closed to cars, and he would run in front of me during a good hour and a half. At Salisbury, running is more of an intense sport for me as I prepared all season for the New England championships. Cross country is really an individual sport because depending on how hard you train will depend on how well you perform at a race. I think that this really trains you to become more independent because your training will reflect on improvement.

The extracurricular activity that I enjoy the most is mountain biking. Every week, I usually go out about twice a week on the many trails we have on campus. I really enjoy biking because it is a sport where I can free my mind from the stress and activities that are going on. I go out for two hours and I am alone with myself in the woods. The wind flying by me as I race down the mountain helps me leave behind the tensions going on. Over Parents Weekend, I went on the biking trip to Vermont with some of my friends. This was a very fun trip and I got to meet a lot of new bikers and learn about the bike team. Next year, I hope to be able to ride with the team on Saturdays and Sundays to discover new trails and have fun as a team.