Late this fall, two Kent athletes found themselves victorious in challenging races. Lara D ’19 capped off an undefeated season of dual races in cross-country by winning the Founders League meet at Taft. This was Lara’s second Founders League title. Last year she won by an impressive 26 seconds over the second-place finisher, but this year her margin of victory was astounding – over a minute and a half! At the Division 2 New England Championships, she set a personal best time of 19:16 – good for second place, just 8 seconds behind the winner. Lara is very much looking forward to continuing her running career at the collegiate level.
Meanwhile, in Mountain Biking, Sebastian K ’20 raced to an undefeated season. That success led him on November 11 to the Northampton International Cyclocross event, a competition that attracted 125 bikers, including a number of collegiate racers, as well as racers from some of the strongest clubs in the northeast. In a very close race, Seb earned gold as he crossed the finish line a mere 2 seconds ahead of the Silver winner. Kent School is proud to be represented by 2 such hard-working and deserving champions.
Harvard Professor Addresses Kent
On November 5, Dr. Yuhua Wang (https://fairbank.fas.harvard.edu/profiles/yuhua-wang/), a faculty associate at Harvard’s Fairbanks Center for Chinese Studies addressed a gathering of over 200 students and faculty in Mattison Auditorium, covering a wide range of topics involving US/China relations. After a quick overview of major events from World War II to the present day, Dr. Wang concentrated on China’s growth as an economic world power, and how that growth has affected its relationship with the US. With China’s rise as a world power, Dr. Wang advised his listeners that they should be sure to learn all they can about China. Students took his advice to heart as a lengthy Q & A session followed Dr. Wang’s presentation.
Home Depot Founder Meets with Kent Students
Kent students with an entrepreneurial bent were given a great opportunity to learn from a very successful American businessman – Kent Langone, co-founder of The Home Depot. On Wednesday evening, November 11, Mr. Langone (who is also a former director of the New York Stock Exchange) sat down for a conversation with interested students. The exchanges provided Mr. Langone the opportunity to recount some details about his rise as a business leader, and the important role of investment banking for entrepreneurial pursuits. Above all else, he stressed to his young audience that with the right attitude and work ethic, a young striver can reach the maximum of his or her talents. Mr. Langone’s visit was arranged by an alumnus and his wife as part of Kent School’s pre-college business studies program. Kent is indeed grateful for such beneficial efforts from our alumni.
With the Metro North train station just a short ride from Kent’s campus, it’s easy to take advantage of all that New York City has to offer. On Sunday, November 11, a group of 17 students and one faculty did just that as they ventured to the Hirschfeld Theater for a matinee performance of Kinky Boots – the Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2013. The group found the music and dancing to be fantastic, and the show’s message of inclusivity was inspiring. It was a wonderful way to take advantage of a day off.