DCD seventh grader Evan Michaeli is a testament to the impact that young people can have on the issues affecting our planet. Evan founded the school's student-run Green Club along with his brother Drew, a sixth grader, and eighth grader Matthew Volfson. An ardent environmentalist, Evan recently presented his views about the environmental risks of plastic bags to the Town of Dedham's Sustainability Committee.
Recently Nick Papps ’95 had a chance to sit down with DCD alumnus Roger Cheever ’57 to talk about Cheever’s time at DCD and the effect of that experience on his life over the years. The video, edited for length, was featured as part of this year’s annual meeting on October 25. Those fortunate enough to see the interview thought it well-worth sharing a few out-takes in print with the greater DCD community.
Reflecting on his journey, opened by pointing out that when his family moved from their farm where he’d been raised in Dennis up to Dedham, DCD was not on the first stop in his schooling.
“I was first enrolled in a school that was a great deal of fun but wasn’t very helpful. It was a place where I wasn’t achieving anything. It was a fill-in-the-blanks type of learning. I wasn’t challenged or encouraged to express myself, never given assurances I could take risks, or examine my feelings about things. You moved from A to B to C without deviating without reflecting on other possibilities.”
Cheever’s parents soon saw the problem and enrolled him at DCD, a decision that led to an experience he describes as “transformational.”
You've had so many different kinds of work experiences at DCD, starting as a counselor at the camp in 1997, then managing the summer camp, teaching in Pre-K and as a substitute, coaching, etc. How do you feel now in your new position?
I love the new position! With my previous experience, I was able to work with a variety of age groups. This year, I still have the pleasure of working with students across many grades! All of my previous experiences have helped me build a strong foundation to be in the position I am today.
For Maddie Ayles ’11 and Allee Ayles ’12, playing field hockey is a way of life that began for both of them at DCD! After being exposed to field hockey in fourth grade, when given a choice of sports to play in sixth grade, Maddie chose to play field hockey, while Allee didn’t pick up a stick again until the beginning of eighth grade. Both girls continued their field hockey careers at Nobles, and both were recruited to play for Brown University.
DCD was the first place Adam Rochelle ’09 performed music for a live audience. Starting with music parties and progressing to all-school assemblies and band concerts, he became the accompanist for “Across the Wide Missouri,” which is sung by the chorus and alumni every year at DCD’s Thanksgiving assembly. Adam began piano lessons at the age of seven and is primarily a jazz pianist, although he can pick up and play just about any instrument, including the saxophone, bass, and guitar. His interest in jazz was sparked in middle school when he began studying jazz after school at the Rivers Conservatory and playing in the DCD middle school band.
Lela Meadow-Conner is executive director of the Tallgrass Film Association, a nonprofit cinematic arts organization in Wichita, Kansas. “Film Art, Wichita…. ” is an understandably startled first response. Lela, in fact, confesses to having had the same response herself. But today she is part of a core of artists and educators transforming Wichita in what many are calling a major cultural renaissance.