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uly 8, 2005 Getting A Start On Summer 2005 Volume LVIII - Issue 1
The Secret Life Of A Seneca Page 3
Green And White Pride Page 6
Yankees, Red Sox Or Mets ••• You Decide Page 8
PUBLISHERS Chris & Lynn Roy and Alan Friedman
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Anne Katharine Wales
SPECIAL THANKS Zach Drucker Jack Meyers Zach Duchon James Glassman
Spencer Jaffe Charlie Abrams Jacob Chernok Isaac Kirschner
The First Day Of Camp
On Friday, June 24, campers arrived mid-afternoon in a parade of buses, while counselors eagerly awaited their arrival on the Kruger Lodge steps. As the buses drove down the road, everyone was cheering, clapping and singing traditional camp songs to welcome all campers - new and older - to the best summer ever in Mah-Kee-Nac's history! Campers eagerly ran off the bus to see friends they had missed seeing over the winter; meet their counselors for the summer; see their bunks; and hit the court for a game of basketball or any other one of numerous games. Ever since camp started, both the campers and counselors have been having an outstanding time.
This year Camp Mah-Kee-Nac is proud to welcome new directors, senior staf£ program heads, staff members and campers as part of the Mah-KeeNac family; Our new co-directors Chris "Bunkie" and Lynn Roy are excited to work with Alan Friedman to create a terrific summer program for everyone. Additionally, Camp Mah-Kee-Nac is thrilled to have Eric and Debbie Sasson working as this summer's program directors .. These talented individuals are planning unique activities and bringing enthusiasm to every aspect of camp life. This summer our camp staff is composed of 175 individuals from around the world, aU of whom are hard-working and dedicated to helping this year's 350 campers have an incredible experience.
Camp Mah-Kee-Nac summer 2005 is off with bang! Campers are racing around, trying new sports, making new friends, and most importantly having a great time. There are Frisbees flying in the air, baseballs streaking to the outfield, and campers learning to sail on the lake breeze. The enthusiasm level is high; there ate hundreds of smiling faces and it's clear that Camp Mah-Kee-Nac is the place to be!
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snacks, this year renamed "Miss Gwen at Ten") in honor of Bunkie's mom, Gwen, who cooks delicious late-night munchies.
The Secret Life Of A Seneca
Most campers at Camp MahKee-Nac patiently await the year that they become a Seneca. The Seneca group is made up of the oldest campers at MKN. Our group totals 38 campers and 7 counselors. Our counselor crew consists of Nick Lauletta, Jeff Eckert, Ian McKenzie, Mike DeBuck, Jordan Petrie, and our Group Leader is Justin "Rocket Man" Briley. Pat Spencer, MKN's Sports Information Director, hangs out with us also.
The mysterious Seneca House includes three wings, as well as a common area with a television, foosball table, refrigerator, and
By Zach Drucker, Seneca, Bunk 52
four couches, It's the good life for the oldest campers!
The majority of MKN campers wish they were Senecas because of their awesome house and privileges. What other group gets "sssd" at when they enter an allcamp assembly? Who else gets to go to California for 10 days with the Danbee girls? We even have our own flag, our own sweatshirts and our own sweatpants after being at camp for all of one day! And no Seneca can deny the fact that it feels great to be the oldest and wonderfully treated of all the campers. We get a latenight snack with counselor
One big privilege of Seneca year is the television. Although most MKN campers aren't able to watch the Yankees or Mets on a nightly basis, we get to watch them (or whatever else is on TV) from 9:15-11:00 at night. We also have an Xbox that serves as a DVD player. (Special thanks to Josh Cohen for providing the Xbox). Yeah, I guess you can say Seneca year rocks! Our privileges are terrific and our lives are good.
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New Traditions Abound In Upper Senior Camp
As any returning camper will tell you, Camp Mah- Kee- Nac is full of rich and exciting traditions that form the foundation of camp life. From Olympics to Camp Sing to Carnival, campers come to the beautiful Berkshires each summer expecting these wonderful events to provide them with lasting memories from their camping experience. Upper Senior Head Counselor Chris Chatel' left camp last summer with the idea of adding to MahKee-Nac's traditions by starting his own unique tradition just for upper seniors. "I wanted to devise a method of recognizing outstanding campers - those
By Zach Drucker, Seneca, Bunk 52
who are willing to go the extra mile to exhibit the ideals Camp Mah- Kee- Nac stands for," remarked Chater.
Chater thought long and hard all winter about the newly found MKN time capsule and four words kept coming to mind:
Leadership; Commitment; Courage; Dedication. These characteristics of the Mah- KeeNac camper have been passed down through previous generations of Mah-Kee-Nac campers, and Chater wanted to make sure they continued by recognizing campers who epitomized those traits. But Chater wasn't sure
Camper Of The Week
Name: Matt Kahane Age: 15 Year: Seneca
Hometown: Westhampton, Ma
Time spent at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac: 11 years Favorite camp sports: lacrosse, waterskiing, tennis Favorite camp trip: Six Flags
Favorite camp meal: chicken nuggets
Why we love Matt: "Matt is the perfect balance between a mature young man who is fun loving, but possesses the ability to inspire others to have the best summers of their lives!" - Derek Bell
what would be the most fitting way to do so.
Early one cold morning in May, shortly after Chater had arrived at camp, he awoke from a very deep sleep. He staggered outside his cabin to get some air, and stared intently at the large tree directly outside his bunk. He then felt something he had never experienced before. "It was a weird feeling, almost a magical expenence. It was almost like the tree was telling me to use it to continue the ancient Mah- KeeNac ideals. And at that moment, I knew what I had to do."
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It did not take long for Chater to spring into action. Construction began immediately on what we now call the "Upper Senior Pride Tree," a tree which serves as a monument to recognize four outstanding upper seniors, each of whom exhibit one of the traits. Each week the upper senior staff nominates one camper to represent each of the four ideals and their names are inscribed on plaques which hang on the pride tree under the ideal which each of the campers embody. The names stay on the tree for one week and are then taken down and given to the honoree who get to keep their plaque to remember their outstanding achievement.
Counselor Of The Week
The Senior Pride tree inaugural winners - all Senecas - were Ryan Robbins for leadership, Adam Blauzvern for courage, Jacob Reznick for dedication, and James Glassman for commitment.
Glassman, who won for his commitment to improving not only his golf game, but the golf game of others, commented "I am absolutely thrilled to win this award. Anytime you can be recognized for giving back to others, it's a special feeling."
Robbins commented, ''To be the first recipient of this award just adds to the thrill. I have always seen myself as a leader, and to continue the traditions of camp and be able to start our own is a very special c l' "
Chater hopes the Senior Pride Tree will be an excellent addition to the already lengthy list of rich traditions here at Camp Mah- Kee- Nac. "This is something I intend on continuing," Chater said. "Though I plan to be at Mah-Kee-Nac for many more years, I hope that it will outlast me. Campers who go above and beyond need to be recognized, and this will push campers to continue the ancient Mah-Kee-Nac ideals of leadership, courage, dedication, and commitment."
Name: Mark WJhelrns Age: 20 Hometown: Missoula, Montana
Time spent at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac: 2 years
Role at camp: Iroquois group leader & lifeguard/swimming instructor What he loves about camp: the diversity of the people and the things you learn from the kids
Why we love Mark: "He's just one of those guys who gives everything all the energy he has. Mark's really at camp to make a difference in the camper's lives. =. AK Wales
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ac Green And White Pride!
Sunday, June 26 was the return of the old tradition of Green and White games, something that has not been played at Mah-Kee-Nac in its original form for many summers. For the entire summer, every camper from Apache to Seneca will play these games every Sunday evening.
The first night of activities was the MKN-classic Human Stratego. Every camper received a card with a tribe name on it and a corresponding number on it ranging from one to nine.
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Everyone then engaged in a giant, full-camp game of tag. Once someone was tagged, the campers would repoIt to a judge, secretly disclose their cards, and the camper with the higher card number won points for his team. Campers holding the special Alan or Bunkie card were required to walk the entire time, however, anybody who tagged him gave the opposite team ten pOIntS. This card allowed campers needing a break from running around to start walking while pretending to have an Alan or Bunkie card.
Mter the tagging was over, everyone assembled in the Field House where campers first had to tie up the opposite team's head coach. Then there was a dribble off, where campers had to dribble a soccer ball around cones. Mter that, they had to shoot the ball through a goal. The next step in the obstacle course involved the juniors passing a hula hoop around their bodies without breaking the chain. Finally, the Senecas had to pass oatmeal over their heads and fill up a small blue cup at the end of the line of Senecas. Naturally this resulted in oatmeal covered campers! After the oatmeal bath, juniors
and lower seniors ran through Simon's famous obstacle course. Following the obstacle course, there was a basketball shoot out, where two campers had to each make five foul shots. And as the final step, campers had to untie their head coach.
All in all, the Green and White games was fun for everyone. The White team ended up victorious and the green coach, Ian McKenzie got a delicious whipped-cream pie in his face for losing!
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Camp Mah-Kee-Nac would like to welcome this year's new director of lacrosse, Will Holland. After spending last summer coaching at lacrosse specialty camps held at the Naval Academy and Princeton University, Will is proud to be a part of our staff. He has played lacrosse for 14 years and has been awarded countless honors for his talent and leadership. In high school he was three times named to the Northern New England all region lacrosse team .. In addition, he was named team captain, awarded team MVP, selected to play in the East-West lacrosse game, and named "Player of the Year" for Northern New England.
Will currently plays lacrosse at Eastern Connecticut State University and will start his fourth year with the team in the fall. This past season, Will also received all-conference honors on top of being selected Athlete of the Week for his university and Defensive Player of the Week in his conference. Based on these accolades, it's clear that his enthusi-
asm and love for the sport has gotten him far, with great skills that he wants to pass on to all of the talented players at MahKee-Nac.
When asked why he loves working at camps, Will responded "It's very involving, as you're always moving and getting to be a part of these kids' lives, which is cool."
By Matt Kaplan, Zach Auerbach, Louis Lesser, Michael Millman, David Shein£eld, Michael Zalesnae
1. Who were the 2005 NBA champions?
2. Which baseball player has the most career home runs?
3. Which baseball player has the most career
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4. Who are the 2005 Super Bowl Champions?
5. Who was the NBA MVP?
6. If someone hits a ball in baseball and a fielder throws their glove at the ball to stop it, what base is the batter awarded?
7. How many times has Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France?
8. Who was the first pick in this year's NFL draft?
9. Where will the 2008 summer Olympics take place?
10. Ohio State University rivals with what other team?
11. Who hit the longest home run?
12. Who did Tiger Wood go into extra holes with this year in the Masters?
13. Who won the pilot pen?
14. Who had the highest foul shooting record in college basketball?
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The Bronx Bombers
By Jacob Chernok Mohican, Bunk 3
My name is Jacob and I am a HUGE Yankees fan. I am 10 years old and am from Connecticut and have loved this team ever since even before I was born. I've been to so many games that I can't even count them; and they have all been great fun.
I have four favorite players on the team. I like Gary Sheffield because he is a big home run hitter and Derek Jeter because he plays to win. I also really love Robinson Cano because he is really good and A Rod because I got his autograph during spring training.
I think the Yankees are better than the Red Sox because they have won more World Championships - the Red Sox are excited with winning just one in the last 80 years - we've won several in just the last 10 years. My take on this season is that they need a key trade. Once they get that, I think that they will just be amazing!
My favorite Yankees moment was going to opening day of the 2004 season. The Yankees were playing the White Sox and I got to sit close to the field. I really loved the final out of the game, when the fans cheered like crazy. The end of the game is what makes being a Yankees fan awesome!
The Reverse Of The Curse
By Charlie Abrams Mohican, Bunk 3
In 1918 the Red .sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees and inherited the curse of the bambino. No matter how hard they played the Red Sox couldn't break this curse for 86 years. This all changed in 2004.
In the 2004 American League Championship Series, the Yankees took a quick 3-0 lead in the series, and no one thought the Red Sox had a chance. However in the following games, David Ortiz hit a game saving homer that put the Red Sox back on the board. In the sixth game the Red Sox tied the series 3-3. By now everyone was watching. Finally, in the seventh game, the Red Sox pulled an 11-3 victory when Johnny Damon hit a grand slam and a two run homer. The Red Sox were the first team in the Amencan League to ever come back from a 3-0 series deficit and win the series. After this close win, the Red Sox then swept the Cardinals 4-0, showing the world that the curse was broken.
Originally, I was a bit of a bandwagoner and a Yankees fan, but when I was seven, I became a Red Sox fan. The Yankees dominate the league and since they always win, it isn't that much fun to watch. I hate teams that win too much because it takes the suspense out of the game. The Red Sox rock!
NY Subway Series
By Isaac Kirschner Mohican, Bunk 6
I'm sitting ill the stands and the Mets are playing the Cardinals. The count is 0-2 and no one on base. It's the bottom of the fourth inning and the game score is 0-0 .. Suddenly, Cliff Floyd hits a. 400- foot home run! The fans go crazy, hats are flying, and everyone's standing up. My voice is horse from screaming. I'm surrounded by chaos and I love it!
The Mets are better than the Yankees because the Yankees pretty much always win. It gets boring after a while. It's more fun to see a team always play hard and have a chance so no one knows what is going to happen! My favorite players are Carlos Beltran, Cliff Floyd, and Pedro Martinez because he is pretty much almost unbeatable .. I've been to about 30 games with my dad, and my favorite game was when the Mets beat the Cardinals 14-6. It was awesome ro see hit after hit after hit.
As much as I love camp, I am excited to go home and watch some more games. Although they're not doing teo great right now, I am confident that after the All-Star game they are going to be much better.
Let's go Metsl
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Iy 15, 2005 Your Source For The Best In Camping Volume LVIII - Issue 2
irhe Great American Talent Show
MKN Intensive Tennis Program Page 6
Batman Begins Page B
PUBLISHERS Chris & Lynn Roy and Alan Friedman
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Anne Katharine WaIes
PHOTOS .Amy Roy
Zach Drucker Zach Gompertz Ty Cooperman Isaac Kirschner Zachary Rogers
Fourth Of July At MKt
By Zach Gompertz, Seneca, Bunk 52
The Fourth of july is a holiday on which we celebrate our independence and show patriotism. At Mah-Kee-Nac, it also means a fun and festive day for everybody. Our day started with a special flag raising ceremony where the juniors sang "Happy Birthday" to America. After this unique start to the day, periods one and two went on like normal. The] the afternoon, an announcement was made for everyone to meet on Dining Hall hill. All the campers were amazed by the decorative atrnospl of junior camp, which included red, white and blue streamers and ballot Right in front of the hill was a row of tables and chairs where the Ser» sat down to participate in MKN's first-ever Jello eating contest. While all Senecas downed a plate of either red or blue jello with whipped cream top, Evan Eisenstein was the undisputed winner, It was a fun and m activity which everyone enjoyed. Afterwards, the Juniors, Lower Seni and Upper Seniors returned to their own campuses in search of miniai American flags. The bunk that found the most flags was rewarded wit lazy morning to Jet the campers - and counselors - sleep in!
Following the flag hunt, the Juniors, Lower Seniors, and Upper Seniors J ticipated in their own separate activities. Juniors had a fun and wet t with the slip and slide. Mohican Blake Williamson of Bunk 2 said, "w I slid, I went very fast and it was so much fun!" After the slip and slide j the Juniors played various games such as knockout, which is a favo among the Junior campers and counselors. In the meantime, the La Seniors had a variety of options to choose from, one of which was to ( off from the blistering heat by jumping into the pool. The Upper Sen had a fun and competitive baseball game between the Senecas Algonquins. Those who weren't playing had the pleasure of watching an ( game which ended with Kenny Sommer's game-winning single, giving Senecas an 8-7 victory.
The special day finished at dinner with a fantastic outdoor BBQ. r campers got the opportunity to eat, talk and run around in the great ( doors. All in all, it was a perfect ending to our patriotic day! What coulc more American than hamburgers, hot dogs and good friends?
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he Great American Talent Show!
~y Ty Cooperman and Isaac Kirschner, Mohican, Bunk 6 and Zach Gompertz, Seneca, Bunk 52
ing the day, Camp Mah-Keeis a showcase for sports talCampers spend their time ing hard, hitting the ball, nming laps, or learning to It's dear that MKN campers talented athletes, but they're so much more.
r dinner on the Fourth of Camp Mah-Kee-Nac was id to host the traditional talshow. This spectacular event
put together by Will ~phy, our resident drama ructor. Following the erican festivities in honor of Independence Day, campers vded into the Field House to ch the show which was .ed off by Pool Director Dave ell and Lower Senior Head inselor Ross Bentley. These spectacular actors performed 001 stunt from a Saturday ht Live comedy sketch.
:r this hilarious act, Navajo y Dornbush followed with amazing drum routine. Perry d the audience with his origidrum routine and finished to
loud cheers from the camp. Staying with the musical theme, Apache Sam Rice played three songs on the keyboard. In honor of his favorite head counselor, Cheyenne counselor Chris Whitby did an excellent impersonation of Ross leading a lower senior camp assembly.
To shake things up a bit, Cheyenne Trevor Fedele performed a Chinese yo-yo act, something that many of us had never seen before. By tossing the yo-yo using two sticks and a string, Trevor managed to wow the audience with his talent .. Following this act, Mohican Aaron Tinkelman showcased his piano talent and performed an original blues tune.
Although it was a day of strong American pride, counselors Chris Hyslop and Martin Boyle shook things up a bit by singing their "Scottish" song, Campers were clapping and singing along to this camp favorite.
Following this song and dance, Navajo Bunk 23 performed a sports update from camp,. featuring campers dressed as Senior Basketball Head LevarWillis, Tennis Counselor Laura Povah, and Senior Baseball Head Jon Freehling. They did such a good
job of impersonating them that Bunk 23 was chased off stage by the real staff members! After this comedy act, three rnern bers from Navajo Bunk 22 sang the ever popular MKN song (a parody of TNT). Not only did they change the words to reflect the spirit of Camp Mah- Kee- Nac, but they also managed to dance quire well during instrumental parts!
After this musical trio performed, Camp Mah-Kee-Nac was introduced to Cheyenne counselors Paul Tannahill and Mike Simmer, the resident magicians. To everyone's surprise they made their heads and feet disappear while chanting "doo, doo, doo!" Finally, the talent show ended with Cheyenne Bunk 29 singing Howie Day's "Collide" with Ben Weissbrod on lead vocals.
Once the talent show concluded, campers and counselors were invited for make-your-own sundaes. And so with ice cream on their face and chocolate syrup on their nose, the campers headed off to bed, full and happy.
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How We Celebrate Birthda~ At Camp Mah-Kee-Nac
By Isaac Kirschner, Mohican, Bunk 6
Having a birthday at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac is always a real treat. The first thing that happens is that your bunk gets to raise the flag and all of Junior Camp sing "Happy Birthday" to you. However, the real surprise comes at you at dinner -literally.
Here at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac, we have a tradition where a camper's cake is thrown across the dining hall, for them to catch! However, if you don't want to catch the cake, you can choose a counselor to catch your cake for you. That's right, you can make someone else try and catch a cake or possibly get a cake in the face!
In the middle of dinner, Junior Camp Head Counselor Steve Clare makes the announcement that he's about to throw the cake! AU campers shout out how many rafters they want Steve to
throw the cake over. People start drumming on their dinner tables and all eyes are on the birthday-boy or his counselor.
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Steve throws the cake up and unfortunate! sometimes comes up short! The counselor run: to try to catch it, but often ends up coverer vanilla icing! If my birthday were in the sumr I would choose my counselor Dan to catch cake, because he's awesome.
Finally, to add the final touches to a per birthday, your bunk gets a. pizza party v great pizza that the camp orders. That is wh Camp Mah-Kee-Nac birthday is likel Ha Birthday campers!
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Upper Senior Pride Tree Winn'e:rs
Each week the upper senior staff nominates one camper to represent each of the four ideals - Leadership)' Courage; Commitment; Dedication - and their
names are inscribed on plaques which hang on the pride tree under the ideal which each of the campers embody. The names stay on the tree for one week and are then taken down and given to the honoree who get to keep their plaque to remember their outstanding achievement.
Will Shames, Cherokee
Zach Mitchell, Seneca
Brandon Bell, Cherokee
Jason Udoff, Algonquin
Camper Of The Week
Secret Talent: Joey can twist his rongue into a corkscrew! What he likes about camp: '7 like the food; J like Trent, because he's funny; and I like the sports. "
Name: Joey Barnes
Scarsdale, New York
Favorite camp sport:
Favorite camp food:
Favorite evening activity:
Counselor Of The Week
Name: Phillip Greer Age: 21
Hometown: Clarksville, Tennessee
University: Austin Peay State
Favorite Sport: Kayaking Favorite camp food:
Favorite camp song:
"Kiss to build a dream on" -Louie Armstrong
"Why we love Phil: "Phil is a great counselor because he gives us guitar lessons and is really really nice!" - Navajo Kevin Frankel
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Playing Sports AtCampMKN
By Zachary Rogers, Bunk 11
Sports at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac are really fun, because the coaches love teaching you how to play the game. For example, Trent teaches basketball and he taught me how to do a 90 degree shot in 3 steps! With Trent, we also get to play fun games like football-basketball that help us improve our passing skills.
For baseball, Adam Baker is a really great coach. He is always enthusiastic and is really into the game. Being around him makes me want to play baseball very well I also really love soccer at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac because Macca is a welltrained coach. We get to slide-tackle (even in the mudl), play games, and learn new team cheers.
Here at camp, we play a lot with our bunk friends, but we also get to show off our sports skills during llltercamp actrvtties. So far this summer, I have played basketball and soccer during intercamp and it was really fun, Both games I played against Greylock and although we Lost the basketball game, we won 10-4 in soccer!
It was awesome!
MKN Intensive Tennis P ogram
By Zach Drucker, Seneca, Bunk 52
With a new pro-
gram head comes a new program at Camp Mah-KeeNac. One of the most popular SPOrtS for campers at MKN is tennis.
This summer, MKN has a new and amaz-
ing tennis director. Scott Pennington orchestrates the MKN tennis program, focusing on senior tennis. While Scott is making the seniors into star players, Laura Povah directs the juniors with skill-building and great activities.
The new intensive tennis program is provided at MKN for campers who want to improve their tennis game and are willing to dedicate themselves to that goal. Campers in the program are split up into different groups, each with their own instructor (one of MKN's top tennis counselors) who guides the campers and advises them. Intensive tennis takes place during fIfth period clinics and sometimes early in the morn mg.
The intensive tennis program works on eliminating weaknesses in each camper's tennis game and many campers fed that the tennis program has helped them after just three sessions. II [Intensive tennis] has helped my serve and it has helped me use top spin." remarked Mohican Andrew Schwartz. "It has already helped every part of my game."
Most campers taking intensive tennis cannot wait to try our their newfound skills during their tennis periods.
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Coach Wi II is
Kids are jumping around the basketball court, sweating and running as fast as they can, moving about the COutL They're shouting "respect the line," and although they're clearly rued from this morning's practice, they have a smile on their faces that simply can not be taken away. Welcome to basketball here at
Camp Mah-Kee-Nac, This year, our new senior basketball program director is Levar Willis, an inspirational coach dedicated to making sure campers fall in love with basketball.
Although Levar is only 27, he has played basketball for 25 years and has spent the past few years coaching as well. He graduated from Morris Brown College in 2002 where he was named College WalkOn of the Year. After graduating with a degree in business administration, Levar coached a college team to tenth in the Canadian Nationals. Levar enjoys working at camp immensely, but is also excited to begin his new job coaching at Atlanta Metropolitan College in the fall.
If you've been around Levar, you know that basketball means a lot to him. Here at camp, his goals are to show campers respect for the game and to teach kids to be the best player they can be.
Levar is without a doubt one of those amazing coaches that Camp Mah-Kee-Nac is lucky to have on board!
around the course, you've probably met George Newbeck, the new head golf instructor here at camp. This
and is exci ted to share his 22 years of golf experience with all MahKee-Nac campers! Although George has never worked as a camp instructor, he provides individual instruction for many students in his hometown, several of whom have received college scholarships to play golf Furthermore, he is a member of the Tennessee PGA and it is clear that he thoroughly enjoys this sport.
Here at camp, George provides instruction through both regular golf periods and the Metzger Golf Academy; He intends to spend his seven weeks at camp ensunng campers
have correct swing fundamentals and building consistency in their game.
Additionally, he aspires to teach campers etiquette, strategy, and the spirit of the game. "George is a great instructor and he's fun to be around!" said Cherokee Max Seraita, an enthusi-
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MK!N Movie Review: Batmen Beg:ins
Christian Bale" Katie Holmes, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Mtf,rphy, Liam Neeson
Directed by Cbrisopber Nolan
The caped crusader is back and has breathed life back into what was once one of the most bankable franchises. After 1997's dreadful Batman and Robin, which disappointed critics and fans alike, it was uncertain whether the series would ever see another movie. Warner Brothers decided to give director Christopher Nolan (Memento, Insomnia) one last chance to resurrect a dying franchise .. He avoided the gothic path taken by Tim Burton in the first two Batman films and the campy tone used by Joel Schumacher in Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. Instead Nolan created a grim, dark film which relies on character depth and development rather than big, loud special effects, This made it more than JUSt a summer blockbuster, which are known for big explosions rather than good story telling.
By Zach Gompertz, Seneca, Bunk 52
ing cast, The man who trains him, played by Liam Neeson has the biggest impact and plays his role to perfection. Morgan Freeman, comiog fresh off an Oscar win, pulls out another good performance as Batman's weapons and toys guy. Michael Caine as Albert (the butler) has the biggest impact on Bruce Wayne finding himself. Up-andcoming actor Cillian Murphy gives a very eerie performance as the scarecrow. This will no doubt heIp his career blossom.
One of the weak links in the movie is the leading lady role, played by Katie Holmes. Holmes is never able to make her character come to life and have a big impact on Bruce Wayne. The dialogue between the two feels rushed and scripted. Another minor flaw is the use of special effects which are at rimes over-the-top. Although it is a summer movie, which is expected to have great FIX, the strong point of the film remains its story, acting and directing.
Overall Ra:ting: B+
The film explores the transformation of regular guy Bruce Wayne into Batman. Bruce Wayne is born into a rich family whose goal is to save the corrupt Gotham city, When his parents are killed, Bruce feels the need to avenge their death. At this point we see the early stages of Batman. He trains his raw anger into a new, more productive form. This form is helping the city of Gotham from the corruption, as his parents would have done ... The two villains, who Batman must fight off for the sake of Gotham city, are the Scarecrow and Raz A Gaul.
One reason the movie runs smoothly is the acting. Christian Bale, usually known for smaller, independent roles, is a perfect fit as a man trying to discover who he is. He figures this out with help from the support-
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July 22/2005 Your Source For The Best In Camping Volume LVIII - Issue 3
Parents Weekend Page 2
Six Flags Fun!' Page 3
TJC Week Page 4
PUBLISHERS Chris & Lynn Roy and Alan Friedman
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Anne Katharine Wales
PHOTOS Amy Roy
SPECIAL THANKS Zach Gompertz Jason Denburg Christopher Hyslop Jeffrey Baxt Blake Williamson Zachary Rogers
By Zach Gompertz, Seneca, Bunk 52
Some of the most anticipated days of the summer are Parents Weekend, when campers get to spend time with their patents who they have not seen in three weeks, and show off their newly-honed skills and talents. Camp MahKee-Nac, being the awesome camp it is, has a two-day visiting weekend. Therefore campers have more time to spend with. their parents.
The typical visiting weekend has all campers remain on camp for the first day of visiting day, allowing their parents to see their sons in activities and meet their counselors and friends. Then, from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., Upper Seniors can leave camp with their parents. Senecas, being the oldest campers, have the privilege of leaving camp on Friday afternoon, sleeping out of camp, and hanging out with their parents all day. They don't have to return until 10 p.m .. on Saturday.
Unfortunately, the excellent plan for Parents Weekend was interrupted by a bit of liquid sunshine. On the Friday before visiting day, a bit of inclement weather left the fields soaked and unplayable, Alan and Bunkie deemed the fields too wet to play on and for the first time since 2000, all campers were permitted to leave camp on Saturday. Nevertheless, campers had a fantastic time hanging out with their parents outside of camp and returned with bags of treats and new toys to share with their bunkmates. Saturday night when everyone had returned, each bunk was allowed to have a small party!
On Sunday morning, the parents returned for a day of fun at camp. The first part of the morning was nice and parents were able to accompany their campers to their normal activities. However, after the first period was finished, the liquid sunshine returned and parents were invited back to the bunks to spend some quality time with their campers. Following the rest period, parents headed to the dining hall to experience the amazing camp food. They never imagined that camp food could be that great!'
Finally, after a wonderful weekend, parents left their campers and headed home, hugging their children goodbye with tears in their eyes. I know we all had a great time visiting with our parents, but we were also glad when camp returned to the way it is supposed to be: Kids having fun, MKN style!
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Six Frags Fun!
By Jeffrey Baxt, Algonquin, Bunk 40
For our exciting Wednesday activity, the Algonquins and Senecas attended Six Flags for the second time (the first trip was postponed due to inclement weather). Six Flags New England is a great theme park. It has very exciting rides and co mains a tremendous water park called Hurricane Harbor.
Six Flags is always a pleasure to go to and it was a great way to spend the day.
are still some of the best. Superman is considered the main attraction in this Six Flags. Superman is a ride where you are brought up 235 feet and than dropped on an 800 angle. You reach speed of 77 mph on this ride. Another popular ride is Batman. Batman is a ride where you do flips and corkscrews.
This year there were two new rides added to the theme park. There was one water ride and one rollercoaster. The water ride was a water rollercoaster that was awesome. It was considered by many campers to be the best water ride. The other ride introduced this year was Pandemonium. This is a rollercoasrer where the actual car turns as you are on the ride.
However, some of the older rides
By Blake Williamson, Mohican, Bunk 2
My name is Blake Williamson. This is my first year at camp and I am in bunk 2. On Monday, July 11 th my bunk was chosen to go up the camp hill and have a great campont after dinner. When we arrived at the campsite we found four tents waiting for us and we put our sleeping bags in them for the night.
We started a campfire and roasted marshmallows as soon as we got there. Yum! We got to sit on logs and get warm from the fire. As we gathered by the pit, we started telling stories, and one of my bunkmates told a really good story. After the stories we feU asleep in our tents. It was a fun time!
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Golfing with Greylock
On Thursday, July l-ith, 15 campers headed off to the Greylock Invitational Golf Tournament for their first competition of the summer! Counselor Jon Rix and George Newhan accompanied the golfers as they played their hardest against six other camps. These golfers spent the day hitting long drives, sinking putts, and having fun while enjoying the great competition. While seniors played a full 18 holes; juniors only played 9 holes, with the lowest scores contributing [Q the overall team score.
All golfers played very well and this hard worked paid off when our team won second place overalL On an individual level, Seneca Jacob Reznick and Seneca J ames Glassman came in second and third place, respectively. It was a great chance for everyone to experience tournament play and we can't wait for another chance!
Camp Mah-Kee-~ac's TJC WEEK
By Zachary Rogers, Apache, Bunk 11
On Monday, July 11 all juniors were gathered at flag lowering when all of a sudden
pirates came out of nowhere and tied up our junior leaders, Steve Clare and
Chris "Macca" McCarmey! Seven pirates had taken over junior camp, and they were going to remain in control for the week. The pirates all looked really scary, but Asa definitely was the scariest, He had long black hair, torn pirate pants, and was walking from side-co-side trying to scare c~pers.
While all ofJunior Camp sat nervously in front of the dining hall, a really ugly pirate came out and explained the rules for Pirate Week. She put us into four different pirate crews: Pirate Black beard (Tom, one of our counselors) ,Pirate Bart (Nick), Pirate Kidd a-money), and Pirate Flint (Asa). We all got bandanas to show our team loyalty and then ran off co collect our first gold coins. During the week, all junior campers tried to win as many coins as possible so that their team could win the pirate championship. In addition to coins, campers who found the "black spot" could take 100 coins from whatever team they want and add it to their team's loot. (The first day, Apache Joey Barnes found the black spot in the bushes by the office.)
During the week we had a lot of fun activities to win coins and learn about being a pirate. Arrghh, Matey! You better watch out because Pirate Bart's team is unstoppable!
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Upper Seni'or Pride Tree Winners
Each week the upper senior staff nominates one camper to represent each of the four
ideals - Leadership; Courage; Commitment; Dedication -
and their names are inscribed on plaques which hang on the pride tree under the ideal which each of the campers embody
The names stay on the tree for one week and are then taken down and given to the honoree who get to keep their plaque
to remember their outstanding achievement. The winners for this week are:
Matt Kahane, Seneca, Bunk 50
Jason Denburg, Cherokee, Bunk 34
Max Seraita, Cherokee, Bunk 35
The MKN Regatta Team:
Ted Mark, Cherokee, Bunk 37 Ben Adler, Algonquin, Bunk 41 Max Spitzer, Cherokee, Bunk 34 Jake Krantz, Cherokee, Bunk 37
Camper Of'The Week
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Name: Sam Manorella
Age: 11 Bunk: 23
Long Island, New York
Favorite camp sport:
Favorite camp food:
Favorite camp activity:
Years at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac: 3 years
Name: Jordan Petrie
Bunk: 51, Seneca
Camp Sport: Basketball Years playing basketball: 12
Favorite camp food:
Favorite camp event: Green and White focus events when the Senecas get covered in oatmeal!
Mah-Kee-Nac Fitness Man:
By Jason Denburg, Cherokee, Bunk 34
Pat Spencer has been a counselor at camp for three summers. He's been at MahKee-Nac in 2001, 2003 and now this summer, skipping the other two summers to pursue other great opportunities.
Pat has two jobs at camp this summer: he is the Upper Senior Sports Information Director and the Fitness Director. Pat and his co-program leader, Jeff, have a training program set up for kids to become stronger be the end of this summer. He asks you what sport you do and then he gives you a program of things you should do for the day.
I like fitness because it makes me get stronger so that I can play sports better. Pat went to school at the University of British Colombia.
As Sports Information Director, Pat has helped kids accomplished their goals for this summer by tracking their excellent achievements.
New Tennis Head:
The music's blasting, tennis balls are bouncing around the court, and kids are having a great time learning new drills and working on their form with Scott Pennington, this year's new senior tennis program head. Scott, who has been playing tennis since he was nine-years-old, is from Jackson, Mississippi where he currently teaches tennis at Millsaps College. Prior to that, he spent several years working as a pro at large country clubs. Additionally, Scott works as a national coach for junior training development and a coach for the southern section of tennis.
Scott is excited to be working at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac and has developed a program where campers are constantly learning new drills, working with different tennis pros, and getting the chance for tournament play. Although he has a different theme for each day of tennis class, he places a lot of emphasis on helping his campers Jearn a spin serve.
In addition to the normal tennis program, Camp Mah-Kee-Nac also offers intensive tennis lessons for campers wishing to take two private lessons a week with a different tennis pro. While there are seven magnificent tennis counselors working with Scott, he tries to oversee all
the lessons and programmed activities each day.
"We've got a lot of tennis events going on this summer including a trip to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, tennis tournaments, and the like," Scott said. "These activities give campers of every ability level a chance to learn to love tennis and improve their match play."
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2) Who scored the most points in a basketball game and how many did he score?
3) What number did Shaq wear when he was on the Magic?
4) Who did the Rockets beat the last time they won the NBA Finals?
5) What number did Wayne Gretsky wear?
6) What two sports did Bo Jackson go pro in?
7) Who lost in the 2000-2001 Super Bowl?
8) How many Super Bowls have the Jets won and what teams did they beat?
9) What day did Raphael Palmero get his 3000th hit?
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Ma'I1-Kee-Nac Goes For A Run
On Friday, July 15, a few great runners got the chance to participate in Matty's Run, a 5K race held at Berkshire Community College which raises money for cancer research.
Mah-Kee-Nac campers got the chance to blaze through some puddles and run up a hill while racing against about 200 other runners.
Although it looked like it might rain, the weather held out long enough so that the runners could finish rile race and get their free t-shirt at the end! Along the way, family and friends - up for Parents Weekend - cheered our campers on, as they raced by splashing mud and flashing smiles.
About 15 runners from Mah-Kee-Nac participated in the race with Cheyenne Kyle Awner being the first MKN finisher, with an impressive time of 31 minutes and 56 seconds, "It was a lot of fun and I've never run so far before!" Kyle said.
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Sailing Team Dominates, To,urn,ament!
By Christopher Hyslop, Mah-Kee-Nac Sailing Coach
The Berkshire Cup winning regatta team ..
Most campers come to Camp Mah-Kee-Nac because they want to be baseball, soccer, or basketball stars. They have dreams of playing ball in Yankee stadium, blocking a goal in Wembley stadium, or shooting a buzzer shot in Cameron indoor arena. However, as soon as they spend a few minutes with our waterfront staff, a new world of sports becomes open to them. While our skiing, fishing, and kayaking programs are very strong this year, our sailing staff has done an outstanding job with teaching sailing to many of our campers.
This year, Camp Mah- Kee- Nac was invited to participate in the Berkshire Cup Sailing Regatta on July 19 at Camp Lenox. Coaches Christopher Hyslop
and Eyal Sharar held tryouts for this team during the second week of camp and practiced with these campers every spare moment they had.
The campers who participated in this race were:
Ben Adler, Algonquin, Bunk 41; Max Spitzer, Cherokee, Bunk 34; Ted Mark, Cherokee, Bunk .37; Zach Resnick, Cheyenne, Bunk 28; Adam Kurzer, Cheyenne, Bunk 30; Jake Krantz, Cherokee, Bunk 37; and Jake
Benruhi, Bunk 37.
lightening drill and ail campers abandoned their boats due to inclement weather. But bad weather couldn't stop these campers from finishing what they started!
Despite this inconvenience, Camp Mah-Kee- Nac ended up winning first place in the Berkshire Regatta and was awarded a trophy for such performance.
These campers did a fantastic job throughout the day and were given a free regatta t-shirt and fribbles for their participa-
tion. And if the fribbles and t-shirts weren't reward enough, there's nothing as nice as spending a day sailing on the lake'
On the day of the race, campers and coaches headed over to Camp Lenox bright and early and got ready to beat their fierce cornpetinon. The first race went smoothly and things were looking good for our campers. However, III the middle of the sec-
ond race, the directors called a
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The Camp Mah-Kee-Nac
LSR Survivor Games
Junior Swim Meet
PU8L1SHERS Chris & Lynn Roy and Alan Friedman
EDITOR-IN-CHI EF Anne Katharine Wales
PHOTO CREDITS Amy Roy
SPECIAL THANKS Jake Rosenbaum Aydin Kessler Tyler Pager Jake Papell Evan Birenbaum Mark Wilhelms
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By Tyler Pager, Mohican, Bunk 4 and Jake Papell, Mohican, Bunk 5
On July 23rd, MKN had their annual carnival. It was probably one of the best rimes at MKN this year. To start the day off, we had a lazy morning. We were able to sleep till 10:00 but most people went to breakfast or watched a move. At 2:30 the fun began. One of the best parts was that everyone bunk got to make their own booth. One of the best booths was find a white tictac in whipped cream. If you won you would get to pie yourself or pie the other
participant .. Also the Senecas served food, such as snow cones, cotton candy, fried dough, White Castle hamburgers and cheeseburgers.' The people that hosted the carnival were Kevin Lilley as Doctor Evil and Ross Bentley as Austin Powers. They also had fun rides, including a rock wall, wrestling, dunk tank, small jumping castle, basketball dunk race, obstacle course, bungee jumping and a bungee cord race. We think most people had fun and we can't wait till next year's carnival.
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Camp Mah-Kee-Nac ROO5 LSR Survivor Games!
tt exactly 10:46 pm, lower senior ampers awoke to the anxiously waited "Survivor" breakout vent. AU campers ran out of heir beds and headed to the lpper soccer fields where they vere greeted with a "Survivor" herned movie explaining how he next four days would work,
IJl campers were placed on 10 earns with names based on the elevision show and these teams
spent the next two days competing in different events that eliminated a counselor one at a time. All of lower senior camp was decked out in torches and other
"Survivor" gear and campers spent all of this activity wearing their team bandana carefully tied around their head. One of the events included a maze of benches and picking up golf balls, and all activities were designed so that one counselor could win immunity from being kicked off in that round.
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After two days of playing hard and having a great time, the strongest counselor finally emerged from the group. Cully McDonald of Bunk 2S proved to be the survivor of the lower senior camp!
Cowboys At Rodeo Night
Yee-Haw!' Welcome to MahKee-Nac Rodeo Night 2005! If you thought we were just campers who played sports, you were wrong. We also double as cowboys by night!
It all started when counselors Tom and Baker interrupted our afternoon assembly with a gun fight. Baker, Tom, and Trent sauntered over to the basketball
By Aydin Kessler, Apache, Bunk 11
court in full cowboy gear and Tom and Baker broke into a giant fight! Tom ended up losing the fight and headed back to the Kruger Lodge saying "I'll be back, just you wait!"
cowboy games. We got to rid I on the "bucking broncos,"ea cow pies, bob for apples, coun selor toss, and quick draw. If WI were hungry or thirsty we got t( go to the saloon and play card while drinking juice and eatinj popcorn and pretzels.
Later that evenmg, they announced that it was Rodeo Night and we all got to dress up as cowboys ... When Rodeo Night started, Tom was up on the Kruger Lodge roof, saying "I told you I'd be backl" With this dramatic entrance, Tom got into yet another fight with Cowboy Baker, losing yet again!
After this fight, we all got the chance to play some exciting
When the night finally ended we were all sad. because we har a great time playing with ou counselors and acting likl cowboys .. Before heading to bed our counselors taught us a nev line dance to "Fishing a Midnight!" AU senior campers, hope you enjoyed reading this!
We had a blast!
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2005 Junior Swim Meet
By Jake Rosenbaum Iroquois, Bunk 10
The first annual junior swim meet was a blast! One afternoon, from 2 to 4 pm all the juniors were in races that were fun and exciting.
Here are the results of the swim carnival: In Bth place with 13 points coached by Laura Povah, The Brilliant Barracudas; in 7th place with 29 points coached by Tom Bodily, The Power Piranhas; in 6th place with 36 points coached by Toby Maher, The Fantastic Fish; in 5th place with 39 points coached by Nick Massey, The Speedy Starfish; in 4th place with 40 points coached by Adam O'Neal, The Radical Rays; in 3rd place with 46 points coached by Trent Mason, The Turbo Turtles; in 2nd place with 48 points coached by Terrill Blakely, The Super Sharks; in 1st place with a tremendous score of 66 points coached by Mel Fera, The Electric Eels ..
We had a lot of fun doing a few fast races. Each tearn did front crawl, back crawl, and other exciting swim strokes. Throughout the afternoon we had relay and individual races which gave us all a chance to swim our favorite stroke. During the meet there was music and after we finished we had time to free swim and eat watermelon! I can't wait until next year!
Camper Of The Week
Favorite evening activity: Court Jesters
Counselor Of The Week
Name: Zach Richmond
Age: 10 Bunle 1
Long Island, New York
Favorite camp sport:
Favorite camp food:
Favorite camp song:
"Cha Cha Slide"
Name: Aaron Olsen
Favorite evening activity:
Why we love Aaron: "He can handle kids really uiell and he learns a lot of things from them. He's also really nice!" - Jake Rosenbaum, Iroquois, Bunk 10
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Favorite Sport: Baseball
Favorite camp food:
Favorite camp song:
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Caimp Ma,h-Kee-Nac College Day 2005 A Cat Fight ... Hardly
By Spencer Jaffe, Cherokee, Bunk 36
Another warm night at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac with the OD's on Junior Field reading their books by the light from the illuminating stars above, so peaceful the counselors are almost half asleep. Imagining
Mom's homemade dinners they hardly notice the inspirational music playing in the background. It must be that dream where I am Rocky Balboa in the ring again they think to themselves. With dazzling greatness bright beams of Red and Yellow flash before there eyes and they recognize the tunes playing and the bright lights must mean only one thing ... College Day.
The juniors lined up on the dining hall hill and they were broken up into their two teams. Red proudly sporting the colors and name of the mighty Washington State Cougars and YeUow dressed to impress with the emblem of the king of all cats the Louisiana State University Tigers. With all the excitement it was hard to get a good night sleep, but
the two teams were ready to go head-to-head the next morning. The battle began with a boom and both teams were at it. It was neck in neck all day. With both teams cheering each other on and racking in the decorum points it was hard to say who was going to come out on top. Through the morning and afternoon the campaign for each team went on. Team leaders Nick and AO collected their thoughts and strategies, but the two Deans and their Students were a great match and neither was going to budge. Even down to the finals with the lakefront water cup challenge and trivia it could not be decided.
Both teams were holding on tooth and claw. In the end it had to be determined by an extra event which was bunk clean-up. At the end of the day, one of the two cool cats just wasn't as cool as the other and .... The Louisiana State University Tigers had proven that stripes are in.
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Program Head ProffIe:
Who's the female counselor that the Senecas
mentioned in their Camp Sing tribute? Who's the British girl who puts all her energy and enthusiasm
into making her camp activities the best possible? Why, it's Laura Povah of course!
Laura Povah is this year's program head of junior tennis activities. This is her fourth summer at camp and she is having an amazing summer so far. During the year, Laura lives in Somerset, England where she works as a secondary physical education teacher and travels to teach skiing in the French Alps. She is constantly active at home and while she plays tennis quite well, she focuses on netball and plays at quite a high level.
This year, Laura has five excellent tennis counselors working under her to help teach the campers as much as possible as tennis. She putS a lot of effort into helping the campers learn the game of tennis and improve on their strokes, but she also makes sure they are having a good time with the sport. So,
far Laura has seen a lot of campers improve tremendously, and as a coach, that's something to be quite proud of.
Laura not only works as a tennis counselor, bur she also works hard on the junior camp evening activities and is constantly dressing up as anything from a pirate to a cowgirl to make the activity even more exciting. "I love that there's so much going on all the time at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac, You get to have fun all the time and hang out with the kids. I really couldn't ask for a better place to spend my sum-
mer. Sal aura.
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Camp Mah-Kee-Nac: Camper Experiences
"Hi my name is Aydin Kessler and I am an Apache camper at camp Mah-Kee-Nac, I think sleep away camp is [he best. thing I ever did in my life. Camp is awesome because we do a lot of really cool sports and I made. a lot of new friends. I am coming back to camp until I am a Seneca and I will be a camp brother to one of the Apaches. I hope you enjoyed reading this!"- Aydin Kessler, Apache, Bunk 11
"My favorite sport is tennis because it is the best spOrt.
I really like hitting with Phil, because he is really nice to me and teaches me a lot!" - Evan Birenbaum, Cheyenne, Bunk 31
"Hi, my name is Eduardo but my friends caU me Eddy. This year I am an Iroquois camper and I am 9 years old.
My favorite place at camp MKN is the soccer field. My favorite camp game is Watermelon. On the whole I like all the camp food, but my favorite dinner is hamburgers and my favorite breakfast is Coco Puffs cereal. One of the best evening activities was "The Game of Life." I really am having a great time at catnp and am kind of sad to go horne to Santo Domingo."
-Eddy Valiente, Iroquois, Bunk 8
"I really love evening activities, especially when we go to the Dukes baseball games!" - Tyler Pager, Mohican, Bunk 4
"1 like a lot of things at camp, but I reallylike rocketry and wood. These are things I can only do here at camp." - Andrew Bindelglass, Mohican, Bunk 3
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Sailing Specialty Week
MKH 0 ympics Strikes Again!
PUBLISHERS Chris & Lynn Roy and Alan Friedman
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Anne Katharine Wales
PHOTO CREDITS Amy Roy
SPECIAL THANKS Matt Pitchard Chris McIntyre Ted Mark Zach Gompertz
On Saturday, August 6, campers spent the morning, anxiously awaiting the song that would announce the much anticipated Olympic breakout. Finally at around 10 a.m. campers heard the song and rushed over to Cherokee field where the Senecas were lined up for what campers thought was a pie eating contest. However, as soon as all campers were seated and excited for Olympic breakout, the Senecas quickly revealed that they were just kidding. The real breakout would take place up on the MKN golf green with an incredible wrestling match.
When campers reached the wrestling ring, their favorite counselors anr program heads rushed onto the green and began to pretend to fight ead other. Although all counselors put up a particularly good fight, Basketbal Program Head Coach Levar Willis was by far the most intimidating. As tht fight wore on, campers realized again, that Camp Mah-Kee-Nac hac created yet again another fake out event, and that the real Olympii breakout was awaiting them on the junior field.
Holding tightly onto their hats and rushing through lower senior camp, tlu campers found themselves facing knights with horses who were prepared fo jousting. AU campers were excited and watched the event, dapping anc cheering on their favorite knight. After this professional joust was condud ed, the 2005 Olympic head coaches came out onto the field, dressed if knight armor and began to reveal the countries involved in this year':
Team #1 was Barbados and was lead by head coach Neil O'Conner anc assistant head coach Pat Waugh. Team #2 was Bermuda and was lead b) head coach Nick Lauletta and assistant head coach Carl Thomas. Team #~ came all the way from Fiji and was lead by head coach Toby Maher and assis tant head coach Ian McKenzie. Team #4 was Iceland and was lead by heac coach Jake Mulhbeier and assistant head coach Christopher Hyslop. Tearr
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5 was Jamaica and was lead by ead coach Cully MacDonald nd assistant head coach Nick 1assey. Team #6 was Malta and las lead by head coach Jordan 'etrie and assistant head coach errill Blakely. Mauritius was earn #7 and was lead by head oach Paul Tannahill and assisint head coach Kevin Arnold. 'inally; last, but not least, was earn #8, Tonga, which was lead 'y head coach Tom Bodily and ssistant head coach Joe McCoy.
Vi these coaches stood proudly ill the field, a giant catapult aunched colored ping pong balls hat contained each camper's lame. The campers immediately crambled to discover what team hey were on and then headed off a get their team t-shirt and to tart cheering for their team to vin!
\.s day one of Olympics began, :ampers headed off to their
different team events. Juniors played in a whiffle ball tournament, while senior campers headed to golf, tennis, and waterfront. The coaches split up and tried their best to keep the enthusiasm high .. It: was day one of the Olympics, each team had an equal chance for first place, and were all determined to win the gold!
Throughout the Olympic events, each camper played a variety of sports ranging from swimming, golf, running, and soccer, to checkers, trivia, and boat building. The Olympic events lasted for four exciting days and campers got the chance to feel some strong country pride. Each event that campers competed in, earned their team points, which contributed to their overall team standing. Throughout the four days, campers definitely had a blast, learning a team song and cheer, creating a country banner and plaque, and playing their best in all the events.
Finally, before we knew it, the 2005 MKN Olympics had come to a close. On Tuesday night, all campers and counselors gathered in the Field House for the closing ceremony. Each team gathered in a corner, cheering loudly, hoping to gain a few extra decorum points for good behavior and enthusiasm. Once all teams were inside the field house, the closing ceremony began as each team presented their team cheer and song to the judges. After this excellent display of talent, campers watched as the Seneca decathlon athletes were presented and honored with medals for their hard work over the Olympic period.
As the ceremony was drawing to a close, campers were tired, but still anxious to hear the results of this important event. Campers sat crossing their fingers as the final team standings were announced. Team Bermuda won both the song and the cheer, but sadly that was not enough to push their team into first place. Drum roll please... and this year's MKN Olympic winner is ... Iceland with a score of 32051
No matter what the team standings were all campers had a blast being a part of a team and trying these new events. There's nothing like playing sports with your buddies, slnging and cheering, and having a blast for four straight days!
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2005 MKN Olympic Results
Kruger Award Winners
Head coaches choose these athletes based on their enthusiasm and spirit throughout the Olympic events. These campers motivated theirteammates to do well and always maintained a positive attitude. Congratulations campers!
Junior: Josh Altman, Mohican
Lower Senior: Sam Arievan, Cheyenne Upper Senior: Zach Floyd, Algonquin
Junior: Michael Schwitzer, Iroquois
Lower Senior: Ethan Mirenberg, Cheyenne Upper Senior: Daniel Kurzner, Algonquin
Junior: Garrett Crames, Iroquis
Lower Senior: Matt Fishman, Navajo Upper Senior: James Madole, Algonquin
Junior: Tyler Cooperman, Mohican Lower Senior: Max Amster, Cheyenne Upper Senior: Matt Krasnoff, Seneca
Junior: Max Berns, Mohican
Lower Senior: Adam Milton, Cheyenne Upper Senior: Matt Kaplan, Algonquin
Junior: Isaac Kirchner, Mohican Lower Senior: Mitch Silver, Navajo Upper Senior: Ryan Robbins, Seneca
Mauritius: Junior: Sasha Possick, Mohican
Lower Senior: Robbie Wmston, Cheyenne Upper Senior: Max Davidson, Algonquin
Tonga: Junior: Alex Zalesne, Iroquois
Lower Senior: Drew Gessner, Cheyenne Upper Senior: Adam Sommer, Cherokee
Overall Team Standing
1. Iceland ".3205 points
2. Bermuda .3146 points
3. Jamaica 3024 points
4. Tonga 2947 points
5. Barbados 2801 points
6. Malta 2791 points
7. Mauritius 2765 points
8. Fiji 2676 points
For this year's decathlon, each team was assigned a Seneca who had
earned a spot to compete in a series of the following ten challenging events: foul shooting, 1500 meter run, standing broad jump, 50 yard swim, shot put, archery, chin ups, obstacle race, softball throw, and the 75 yard dash.
1 st- Matt Krasnoff, Iceland 2nd - Mike Fogel, Fiji
3rd - Joe Somerstein, Bermuda 4th - Eric Toporoff, Barbados 5th - Matt Kahane, Jamaica 6th - Brett. Jureller, Tonga
7th - Scott Wmston, Mauritius Sth - Andrew Paseltiner, Malta
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Golf Specialty Week
By Chris McIntyre
Undoubtedly the highlight of the golfIng summer at Mah-Kee-Nac is its climax: golf specialty week. Primarily involving upper senior campers, these five days give our golfers the opportunity to play some of the finest golf courses in the New England area. Each morning, the 15 or so campers loaded the bus with their golf clubs and set off for a day of fun at the course.
Each day the golfers split into five groups and set off to play different 18 hole courses, accompanied by program head George Newbeck and three golf counselors. On day two, campers took a trip to Bretwood Golf Club in New Hampshire. For this outing the upper senior golfers were joined by several lower senior and junior golfers, adding some variety to the day. Day three of this special week was a trip to Red Hook golf course in New York
State. Unfortunately, this round was interrupted by heavy thunderstorms. However, the delay did not dampen spirits, and everyone had a great tune.
Arguably the highlight of the week was day four, when the campers moved onto the Sky resort of Mount Snow in Vermont; simply to play on this scenic golf course is an achievement. These campers played off the white tees at an impressive 6,400 yards!
Finally, the fifth day of the MKN golf adventure took us to a golf dub in Massachusetts. This rounded up a great summer of golf at MKN and without a doubt one of the best specialty weeks at campl
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Sailing Specialty Week
",!f'- Like lots of other
programs at MahKee-Nac, sailing has its own specialty week. Sailing specialty week involved a
diverse array of sailing rhemed activities for campers. Five campers chose to take part, fOUI of
whom were from
By Matt Picard and Ted Mark, Cherokee
our Berkshire cup winning Regatta team!
The first two days were camp based mtensrve sailing. During these two days, campers sailed around the lake and even had time to enjoy a picnic on the island, The next two days were spent sailing at Camp Winaukee in New Hampshire. There campers had the opportunity to sail Hunter 212 (20 foot sailing boats) on Lake Winnepesaukee which is
a 15 mile lake. When we got back from the first day of sailing, Camp Winaukee challenged MahKee-Nac to a sailing competition. As a result, the evening activities involved race practicing. The next day we awoke ready to face the best Winaukee had to offer. Now, I am not one to brag, but we destroyed them. They couldn't sail anywhere near us!
After thanking the director of Winaukee we set off back to MKN for the final day of sailing specialty, The final day involved a trip to Mystic, Connecticut where we visited Americas boating history museum. There was everything from tall ships co square rigging. After the museum, the campers took a walk around Mystic, looking at what the local shops had to offer.. Finally, on the way home, the campers stopped at a fish deli for some traditional fish and chips. Overall, I think the sailing specialty week was a success and the campers gained a lot from .it!
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Sen.eca Trip to Cal·fornia
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California is home to famous celebrities, the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Dodgers, Padres, Athletics, Giants, Angels, Chargers, Raiders, 4gers, and Disneyland. From July 28th-August 5th California was also the home of the 37 Senecas from Camp Mah-Kee-Nac, This is the trip that all campers look forward to as juniors, lower seniors, Cherokees, and Algonquins. With all they hype surrounding the trip the question is always asked is it really that good. The answer is it really is that good, and that's an understatement.
On July 28th, the Seneca tribe was woken up at 4:30. Despite this early wake-up time all the Senecas hopped on the bus and headed off to (he Hartford airport. We arrived in California at 12:30 (Pacific Tirne.) From that point until 6 P.M. we had time to check into our hotel and recuperate from a long day of flying. At 6:00, we all got to walk around the downtown Disney area. There, we got to shop at the Disney store along with many other stores. One of the most popular purchases was Mickey Mouse ears. There were also some good restaurants including ESPN-Zone. At 10:00 all campers returned back to the hotel and fell asleep right away due to the three hour time difference (it was 1:00 A.M. in Massachusetts!)
Day two started with breakfast at Denny's and then it was off to Laguna Beach. There, we were able
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to lie out in the sun and get a tan, go for a swim in the ocean and visit the shops and restaurants lining the beach. Following Laguna Beach, we departed for our first day at Disneyland. We arrived at about 5:30 and were given 5 hours to do some rides. These rides included Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones adventure, big thunder mountain railroad, and the haunted
After our trips to amusement parks were done, we headed on a bus tour of Rodeo Drive, HoUywood, and Beverly Hills .. They looked JUSt like they did on Tv. To end this perfect day, we headed to the Comedy Sportz show at the National Comedy Theatre, which turned out CO be an excellent production.
Following our brief detour from amusement parks, we spent the next day at California Adventure/ Disney. This park offers the usual thrills such as Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Tower of Terror. After an intense day at the park, we spent the next day relaxing by the pool and then headed to Newport Beach for a day in the surf
mansion. Splash and Space Mountain formed the biggest lines of over an hour, but they were fun nonetheless.
On the next day we headed for breakfast at McDonald's and then went to La Jolla to hang out with our friends. Following, we went to Sea World in San Diego and had a blast watching the dolphins and whales, The fourth day, was the long awaited trip to Universal Studies. This theme park had so many neat rides, and we got to spend a full 12 hours there!
Sadly. the last day of out trip arrived. We were lucky enough to catch an Angels and Orioles baseball game and then headed to Venice Beach for our final evening in California. We were invited to former director Danny Metzger's house for dinner that night and got to experience life in California from a local's perspective. Early the next morning, we went to the airport and headed back to good old Lenox, Massachusetts.
Yes, life as a Seneca sure is good! We had a great time in California and were excited to be back at camp for the final week of Olympics! We're definitely going to miss life at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac! It's been great!
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Apache Bunk 11
Front Row: Manuel Barcelo, Jake Toporoff, Ethan Tinkleman, Sam Rice, Nathan Rice
Middle Row: Harris Freedman, Aydin Kessler, Matthew Wallett, Joey Barnes, Dylan Greenberg, Zachary Rogers
Back Row: Amy Roy, Dan Kuenzi, Terril Blakely, Steve Clare
Iroquois Bunk 7
Front Row: Michael Glassman, Will Harrison, Michael Kaizer, Alejandro Farach, Zachary Month, Carlos Hurtado
Back Row: AKWales, Chris Mcintyre, Daniel Davies, Nick Massey
,Iroquois Bunk 8
Front Row: Steven Friedman, Garret Crames, Joseph Sutker, Jose Bonetti, Michael Schwitzer
Middle Row: Ben Clark, Jake Sabatini, Bradley Pallick, Jared Dauman, Eduardo Valiente
Back Row: Rodney Winkleman, Martin Boyle, Mac Pointer
Iroquois Bunk 9
Front Row: Brett Epstein, Alex Cohen, Jack Bushell, J esse Saperstein
Middle Row: Jesse Bernstein, Ben Jaron, Evan Beere, Alex Zalesne, Jacob Rice
Back Row: James GiffIn, Joel Grainger-Carr, Trevor Harris, Matt Santi
lrcqucls Bunk 10
Front Row: Zach Jayson; Ben Cion, Josh Kleinman, Alec Posner
Middle Row: Daniel Maltz, Josh Coven, Todd Goldstein, Zachary Beckerman, Jake Rosenbaum
Back Row: Mark Wilhelms, Andrew McDonnell, Aaron Ohlsen
Mohican Bunk 1
Front Row: Matthew Knight, Jared Bernstein, Nate Shames, Alec Alsofrom, Zachary Richmond
Middle Row: Brandon Skordas, Michael Shorr, Dylan Eisner, Dean Koman, Justin Tauber, Stone Mitchell
Back Row: Richard Scorah, Toby Maher, Ben Wilcox, Lauren 'Appleton
Moh,ican Bunk 2
Front Row: Matthew Comisar, Evan Goldstein, Blake Williamson, Michael Grornis, Aaron Tinkelman
Middle Row: Josh Handelman, Stephen Rhode, Jason Pack, Ryan Gutstein, David Hoffman
Back Row: Josh Spellman, Joseph Waye, Chris Hyslop
Mohican Bunk 3
Front Row: Max Manes, Jon Conway, Andrew Bindelglass, Jacob Chernock, David Gessler
Middle Row: Zachary Gershman, Max Freedman, Josh Altman, Noah Pigman, Charlie Abrams, Alex Karol
Back Row: Prashanth Chanbrasegaran, Matt Ashton, Jayson Hall-Stroud
MOihican, Bunk 4
Front Row: Carlos Valiente, Matthew Cournoyer, Jacob Cooper, Spenser Heller, Scott Marcus
Middle Row: Max Berns, Spencer Fried, Tyler Pager, Carlos Leon, Oscar Valiente
Back Row: Chris Dearden, Chris Haworth, Steve Raskin
Mohican Bunk 5
Front Row: Andrew Kurtz, Jon Sheinfeld, Greg Popper, Jacob Konicov, Tyler Friedman
Back Row: Barry Finder, Matt Kipnis, Ace Ehrlich, Jake PapeU, Andrew Sheinfeld, Tom Bodily
Mohican Bunk 6
Front Row: Isacc Kirschner, Brandon Barr, Jack Moser, Matthew Mendelsohn, Ethan Siegel
Middle Row: Zack Zona, Max Ostroff, Andrew Schwartz, Will Benrubi, Tyler Coooperman
Back Row: Dan Hull, Brian Nelson, Arnold Westerbeke
Navajo Bunk 21
Front Row: Spencer Carmen, Daniel Jureller, Julian Barcelo, Alex Paseltiner
Back Row: Cullen MacDonald, Andrew Weissman, Harrison Philipps, Sal Seragusa Victor Bedia-Mendez
Navajo Bunk 22
Front Row: Michael Sosnick, Philip Susser, Harrison Messer, Andrew Teitelrnan, Michael Barkagan
Middle Row: Evan Myar, Zachary Pollack, Mark Stephens, Jake Barnes, Adam Tuller
Back Row: Patrick Waugh, Alex Hampton
Navajo Bunk 23
Front Row: Sam Martorella, Asher Saperstein, Jordan Jaffe, Michael Zalesne, Jake Mandell
Middle Row: Noah Tanenbaum, Brett Lichtenberg, Matt Fishman, Greg Chalfin
Back Row: Jake Kahane, Nick Horst
Navajo Bunk 24
Front Row: Brian Denburg, Jay Kaplan, Ethan Goldman, Aaron Marks, Byrne Hollander
Middle Row: Zachary Levins, Matt Lewis, Ben Harrison, Matthew Kalt, Cody Reiff
Back Row: Carl Thomas, Calvin Scott, Dan Rogers
Clheyenne Bunk 28
I LOWER SENIOR
Navajo Bunk 25
Front Row:. Dennis Levy, Kevin Frankel, David Solo, Jon Finkel, Robert Weinstein
"Back Row: Ben Bushell, Perry Dornbush, Adam Pollack, Mitch Silver, Alec Getz
Front Row: Drew
Gessner, Aaron Band, David Sheinfeld, Josh Isackson and Jon Camche
Middle Row: Zachary Erkin, Matthew Sommerstein, Adam Milton, Robbie Winston, Zachary Resnick and David Blauzvern
Back Row: Kevin Corgill, Mark Funnell and Andrew Murray
C,heyenne Bunk 29
Front Row: Ivan Montero, Jonathan Lightman, Ben Weisbrod, Michael Schwartz and Max Lefkowitz
Back Row: Joe McCoy, Ryan Lubatkin, David Fisher, Jake Greenberg, Zach Auerbach, Jordan Goldstein and Russ Thorington
Cheyenne Bunk 30
Front Row: Alex Stein, Kevin Hill, Adam Fuchs, Bryan Jacobowitz, AJ Kutzer and Daniel Kwartler
Middle Row: Brian Newborn, Scott Hochberg, Trevor Fedele, Matt Rosenblum and Jonathan Abramson
Back Row: James Trainor, John Merrill and Will Murphy
Cheyenne Bunk 32
Cheyenne Bunk 31
Front Row: Cole Levine, Matthew Rublin, Jesse Jacobs and Kyle Awner
Middle Row, Willy Chaplin, Zack Duchon, Louis Lesser and Michael Norman
Back Row: Travis Reed, Jack Meyers, Michael Millman, Paul Tannahill, Sam Butensky, Evan Birenbaum and Daniel Ben
Front Row: Jared Siegel, Brandon Maymudes, Adam Constantinides, Alex Ruderman and Sam Arieven
Middle Row: Adam Eckstein, Justin Glasser, Aaron Hazan, Max Amster, Colby Lierner, Ethan Mirenberg and Victor Bergman
Back Row: Jordan Brown, Chris Whitby and Drew Roberts
cherokee Bunk 34
Front Row: Max Weiss, Neil Winston, Jason Denberg, Elliot Cornite and Brandon Bell
Middle Row: Daniel Simon, Alec Goldman, Oliver Saks, Zachary Schwinder and Will Petok
Back Row: Mike Simmer, Brett Rosenbluth, Jim Nevin, Elliot Phillips, Max Spitzer, Adam Schwartz and Trip Wills
Cherokee Bunk 35
Front Row: Casey Epstein, Brian Bergman, Andrew Beaton, Jeffrey Winston, Jake Teperman, Max: Serai ta
Middle Row: Scott Kipnis, Ben Sheridan, Jeffrey Birenbaum, Will Shames, Andrew HeumanGutman
Back Row: Tim Conduit, Tristan Zimmerman, Eyal Shorar
Cherokee Bunk 37
Che;rokee Bunk 36
Front Row: Eric Weinstein, Brandon Fox, Mickey Davis, Jordan Elkin, Spencer Jaffe
. Middle Row: Jeremy Stafman, Evan Golombek, Adam Sommer, Nicholas Cion
Back Row: Matt Pickard, Adam Stosur, Phil Conley
Front Row: Teddy Mark, Jake Benrubi, Alex Flickstein, Dylan Turkell, Doug Harris
Middle Row: Andrew Starsky, Troy Dubrowsky, Jake Krantz, Sam Breslow, Max Miller
Back Row: Sean Cash, Lee Branna, Jake Mulhbier
Allgonquin Bunk 40
Front Row: Jason Silverstein, Zachary Alsofrom, Daniel Kurzner, Eric Leff, Aaron Kitaeff, Mac Posner
Back Row: Neil O'Connor, Zachary Langendorff, Zachary Floyd, Jeffrey Baxt, Jonathan Rogoff, Adam Kelsey, Michael Schwartz, Jon Rix
Algonquin Bunk 41
Front Row: Eric B.lattberg, Michael Reiner, Bed Adler, Zach Arras, Jake Band
Back Row: Chad Winton, Shane Deane, Richard Levins, Seth Goldman, Jordan Rosenblum, James Madole, Kevin Arnold
Seneca Bunk 50
A!lgonquin Bunk 42
Front Row: Colin Zelicof, Noah Tuller, Michael Constandinides, Matthew Eckman, Matt Kaplan
Back Row: Gareth Evans, Adam Bienstock, Jason Udoff, Max Davidson, Marcus Moretti, Matt Jayson, Liam Jacklin
Front Row: Matt Kahane, Alex Chaplin, Adam Blauzvern, Kenny Sommer, Josh Lierner
Middle Row: Alex Mirenberg, Evan Eisenstein, Jacob Reznick, Andrew Wesley, Matt Krasnoff
Back Row: Justin Briley, Eric Toporoff, Jason Raylesberg, Henry Amato, Mike Debuck
Seneca Bunk 51
Front Row: Zachary Mitchell, Jake Crabiner, James Glassman, Ryan Cohen, Dylan Levy, Andrew Eisbrouch
Back Row: Pat Spencer, Ryan Robbins, Michael Fogel, Max Silverstein, Andrew Gilboard, Scott Winston, Jordan Figman, Jordan Perri, Ian McKenzie
Seneca Bunk 52
Front Row: Marc Finder, Zachary Tully, Andrew Paseltiner, Zack Gompertz, Eric Karpas
Middle Row: Joseph Somerstein, Sam Garr, Matt Cramer, Graham Gering, Evan Kolesnick
Back Row: Jeff Eckert, Brett Jureller, Scott Hoffman, Zachary Drucker, Nick Lauletta