About 18richmondd

Going into my fourth year at Hebron Academy, I enjoy writing, reading, football, lacrosse, and generally all sports. I wrote a gold key winning scholastic writing award piece about my driver's license and am now the co-editor of the Hebron Magazine. I also live on a farm. I have had a lot of fun working on this blog and hopefully you all can enjoy it.

California Girl in the Wilds of Maine


Written by Iman Shepard ’19

Moving from California to Maine, I knew the culture would be different because the way of life varies from place to place. I had been to the East Coast prior to coming to Hebron Academy, but actually living here has allowed me to notice some distinct differences between Southern California’s culture and Maine culture. This has helped me put together a super easy, three step process to become a Mainer:

1. The Look

First off, you need to look like a Mainer. This requires purchasing loafers (called boat shoes in Maine), Birkenstocks, a Patagonia sweater, L.L. Bean Boots, and anything from Vineyard Vines. If you don’t own at least one of these, you are most likely not a Mainer.

2. The Attitude

Although you might be able to dress like a Mainer now, you still have to know how to act like one. You must acquire a standoffish attitude and a lack of vanity in order to proceed. This includes being generally unhappy, and becoming nonchalant about how you look. Do not smile unless a sarcastic or demeaning comment is made about another and avoid enjoying anything except being judgmental in order to achieve the optimal Mainer attitude.

3. The Language

By now, you’re almost a Mainer. You have the look. You have the attitude. Now all you need is the ability to speak like a Mainer. Say things such as, “It’s wicked cold.” Words such as “nasty”, “mad”, and “wicked” are often used, so try to incorporate them into your vocabulary. A  greeting such as “Hey, how we doing?” is common. 

Now you’re basically a Mainer. Obtain a love for hunting, camouflage pants, Moxie, maple candy, and Dunkin’ Donuts and you’re all set.

All The Pretty Horses: Book Review

Written by Dylan Richmond ’18

Over the short three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas Break, AP Literature students have selected a book of their choosing to which, with a few other classmates, they have discussed the book as they would within a normal class.

Avery Jurek, Jake Bieler, and I, Dylan Richmond, chose All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy. Having already read The Road by McCarthy, I was interested to see whether the author’s writing style would change or keep the same dark, uninterested tone. So, some may either be happy or disappointed to know that McCarthy does not throw a curveball.

The story begins in San Angelo, Texas, with young John Grady Cole in a bit of a situation when his parents divorce. His mother decides to sell the ranch, and John figures that running off to Mexico with his friend, Rawlins, is a better life than not living on the ranch.

The two journey through western Mexico on horseback seeking paradise in a desert. Along the way they meet a peculiar young lad, Blevins, who has also run-off. Blevin’s stories often do not line up; moreover, he also happens to have in his possession a beautiful horse to which the two recognize to only cause trouble in Mexico. Nevertheless, together they continue to travel south until, as predicted, Blevin’s horse is taken in a rainstorm. Eventually they find the horse and, although John and Rawlins decide against stealing back the horse, Blevins was not going to give up that horse. In the ensuing chaos that commenced upon the horse stealing, the three become split into their original groups.

John and Rawlins continue their journey until the paradise they had been seeking unfolds before their eyes. They find work on a enormous ranch in the area gathering and training wild horses. While there, John finds love with his boss’ daughter, Alejandra, and, despite being told from her relatives to back off from a girl of her status, intends to marry her. Once the father is revealed to the truth and Mexicans from the north declare that three americans stole their horse, John and Rawlins are jailed. There they find Blevins, already there for some time. After discussion with the authorities, they find their situation is helpless in the corrupt system without money. They are transported farther north where Blevins is executed and they to a penitentiary.

John and Rawlins quickly realize that fighting is the only way of life when incarcerated and are subject to such abuse every day. Eventually, they become targeted and both are nearly killed by knife attacks. Luckily they survive, but John was forced to kill the attacker in defense. An experience that troubles him for the rest of the story. After some time in a dark room being treated for his wounds, John and Rawlins are released. The reason being that Alejandra’s aunt paid for their release on the condition that John and Alejandra are forbidden to see each other.

John and Rawlins split ways, Rawlins to Texas and John to see about Alejandra and the horses. He meets with Alejandra for a day but their love is cut short when she decides that they should abide by the rules. He then treks home and along the way steals back the horses while taking his old captor hostage. Eventually, John releases the hostage and travels along the border to find the original owner of Blevin’s horse. A few men lay claims to the horse and after a heated dispute the judge rules in the favor of John for the custody of the horse. John then makes his way home to where he returns Rawlins’ horse and then bids his farewell as he takes off once again into the wild.

The story often describes with deep thought and immense details the night sky of the wild and it should also be noted that the Americans are on their horses the entire time. It is a story of danger, love, wildness, horses, and the dying breed of the cowboy.

New Year Same Place


Written by Joe Godomsky ’20

As I begin the start of a new ski season, I have a little preparation to do. I grew out of almost all my ski equipment, so it was time replenish my lacking supply. As a skier you need a lot of equipment, and I had to get skis, ski boots, ski pants, jacket, helmet, gloves, goggles, poles, and a GS (ski racing) suit. Once I had my equipment, I was almost ready for the season. In order to ski, I needed a pass, so my parents and I head up to Sunday River to get my ski pass. With all my equipment set in place, I was finally ready to head up to the slopes.

Sunday River has been my main ski hill since I was five years old. I’ve done everything from learning to ski on the beginner hill to going down one of the steepest trails on the east coast, all at Sunday River. I began to learn how to ski when my dad taught me. He would put me in between his legs and slowly begin to let me learn to stand/ski on my own. When I was seven years old, I joined the Sunday River racing program, and to this day I am still involved with the racing program.

As I entered this Thanksgiving break, I was informed that I had a lot of time to ski. As a matter of fact I was able to ski seven out of eleven days of break. The first three days I was accompanied by both my brothers. We normally ski until either we feel hungry or don’t have any more energy. But something I started to realize in the midst of all this was how special the moments are when I ski. Whether it is riding up the chairlift and being able to look behind and see the crazy view, or whether it is skiing down the trail and feeling like I’m skiing on air, skiing allows me to experience things that not many other people are allowed to see or feel. I’m allowed to go down a mountain at whatever speed or pace I want. Being able to possibly go as fast as a car is exhilarating. Skiing is unique and fun in many different ways, and I can’t wait to take in the views as a new ski season begins.

Fall Cohen Concert

Written by Bradley Sperl ’18

October 13th was the annual fall Cohen Concert. These concerts are thanks to the Cohen Chamber Music Series sponsored by the Saul B. and Naomi R. Cohen Foundation. Mr. Cohen was a graduate from Hebron Academy in 1951 and served on the Board of Trustees as well. These concerts are meant to engage students in world-class musical performances, something that not everyone gets the chance to experience. This specific concert was performed by Yevgeny Kutik, a Russian-American Violinist from Boston, and Dina Vainshtein a Russian Pianist. They are both well known and well educated musicians holding degrees from world-renowned music institutes and conservatories. The program for the evening featured pieces from Mendelssohn, Bloch, Debussy, Franck, and Ravel. Personally, my favorite was the “Baal Shem (Three Pictures of Chassidic Life),” which is a piece with three movements where each movement represents a part of life, one of which being marriage. About thirty people attended the concert, half students, and the other half faculty and parents. These concerts are a great way to get involved in the music program at Hebron while learning more about different music genres.

Mountain Biking

Written by Guangyuan Xue ’18

“Blaze your own trails, make them rideable, and have fun,” said headmaster Mr. Marchetti, a former varsity biker, at the beginning of this mountain bike season. With the great attentions from every Hebron lumberjack, our new mountain bike team debuts under the spotlight on the stage of New England mountain bike race, ready to bring our school glory and honor. Our head coach Mr. Jennings and the bikers have all devoted ourselves into MTB with enthusiasm and passion.

Similar to the strain  when we start pedaling and accelerate our bikes, everything is difficult at the beginning.  As a team, we had  two tough weeks before we broke the ice. Originally, four students signed up for this activity; three of us had bikes; two were new to this sport, and the only skilled rider got a concussion on the second day of practice. Fortunately, the special charm of biking enchanted students in the next week and four more were recruited. With a total number of seven people, the team was officially established.

Our daily practice is made up of trail works and riding. In the woods, we have an advanced trial system based on the work of the former generations, but most of them need development. We spent one week on improving the inner loop, clipping roots and branches, sweeping leaves, and removing rocks. In these trail works, the team members cooperate with each other and build a strong team spirit. There was one time we encountered a boulder in the middle of the trial. The team spent half an hour digging this half-ton rock out of the dirt with shovels and hands, which was now placed next to the trail as a monument to commemorate our team work. We also take on a steep downhill trail as a challenge to our skills. It’s an enjoyable feeling to ride on the trials that were blazed by ourselves as a team.

Biking is more difficult than people usually think. It is a tactical and physical challenge for bikers. People are usually comfortable riding on flat ground, but trials are combined with lots of uphills and downhills; shifting gears is essential to maintain a continuous ride. When we are climbing, the bike has to be on low gear, otherwise we will lose the momentum and fall down. Learning how and when to shift the gear is a skill that can only be developed from experience. I myself cannot remember how many times I have fallen off the bike, now having only scars as reminders. Nevertheless, no pain, no gain. Everyone on our team is highly motivated and dare to challenge ourselves. Our biking skills have been gradually developing from the setbacks, and we have made some accomplishments in the New England biking races. We are looking forward to achieving more goals and contributing more for the MTB team. Go Jacks!


Varsity Soccer

Written by Michael Tahiru ’18

A new year, new season, new team, same coaches and same goals and the fierce competition for starting spots has began. It is quite amazing what we were able to accomplish last season. We made it clear during our first meeting that winning the New England Championship was our sole aim, and we weren’t going to settle for less. Lo and behold, we followed through with teamwork, hard work, and persistence, and we reaped the benefits anyone who exhibits these values enjoy. Not only was our goal of winning the championship accomplished, but we were undefeated en route to the title.

The team this year understands that this is a new year and a new page. We cannot simply rest on past laurels.The charge is upon us to do better and keep the light shining. We will face tougher challenges in opponents because we are no longer a surprise. That foundation has already been lain, and it is our job this year to keep building on it. 

Even though it is a much younger team, the attitude and moral of the team is second to none. Everyone understands what we stand for as a school and a team. We know the only potential pitfall to achieving our goals this year can only be ourselves and this team is ready to sacrifice anything just to make sure the road to two stays clear.

Girls JV Soccer – “Soccer Fam”

Written by Sara Younk’19

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to sit down with Mrs. Hanby and Mrs. Paul to talk about our wonderful girls JV soccer team and ask them a few questions about the coming year.

What are your expectations for the team for this season?

Mrs. Paul pointed to our low num
bers saying that, though it will be challenging, she does see this season as promising. Paul reflected on our first game saying “if we take that work ethic and perseverance into the rest of our season, then we will have to work hard but will also be very successful.” Mrs. Hanby added that though she also recognized the small size of our team, she didn’t see it as something to really be harped on. She also added that she expects us to “maintain the level of teamwork and comradery” that she has seen in the team.

How do you think introducing the new players to the team is going?

“It’s been pretty seamless really,” said Hanby, “they fit in well with the team and have helped contribute to the dynamic.” The team is always encouraging and welcoming to new girls whether they are new to Hebron, new to high school, or have never played soccer before. There’s always a feeling of acceptance to the team and a lot of teammate to teammate coaching happening.

Are there any differences in strategies this year?

This year the formation during games has changed from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3. Paul says that even though we have a small team, the different skill sets will fit nicely into the formation. The goal is to work on improving the offensive strategy where attention in previous years was more centered on the defense.

What have you seen for improvements this year in comparison to past years?

Though this question was a bit difficult to answer due to how early in the season it is, Paul says that our defense was strong last year with help from Riley New and has further improved with newer members like Morgan Bussiere. She says she has also seen improvements within those who have stuck with the team with a shout out to Tess Gregory who, Paul says, “has made a lot of progress in her time with us”. While we do have some very skilled newcomers both Paul and Hanby agree that no matter what skill level you entered with, the vast majority of girls who have stuck by the team have made great improvements.

What do you want people to see in this article about our team?

Hanby followed up this question with an immediate response of “I think the coaches are pretty awesome” and, if you’ve ever met Mrs. Paul and Mrs. Hanby, you’d definitely have to agree. “The love that the coaches have for each other” was Paul’s first response which goes along well with the overall feeling of the team. The term “soccer fam” has been used many times during our practices and games, which I think accurately describes the family-like feeling of the team. We may have our quarrels and disagreements, but we always stick by each other when it counts. If there’s anything you as readers should see is that our team’s a team, and it is a bond like no other.



Written by Ben English ’18

A new season is in full swing for the Hebron Academy Football team. With many new pieces, including a new head coach, there is a lot of adjusting and learning to do.  The team works hard every day building chemistry and mastering their craft.  Returning seniors Ben English (QB/FS), Quinn Woods (C/DT), Dylan Richmond (FB/LB), and Teemu Hukkanen (TE/LB) lead the way with help from new post graduates Jake Bieler (OG/LB), Christian Peete (SS/RB), and Justin Beckett (WR/DB).  The team is small in numbers but full of heart. Because of the small numbers, many kids have to play different positions and both sides of the ball. The boys in green and white have a challenging schedule this year including new opponents such as Pingree and Cushing. The ‘Jacks have home games on September 30th against Hyde, October 14th against Holderness, October 21st (Homecoming Weekend) against New Hampton, and on November 3rd against Portsmouth Abbey.  The Lumberjacks close out the season and play for the Headmaster’s Chair at Kents Hill School on November 11th. There is a lot of upside to this team, and if they reach their full potential, they will be a force to be reckoned with in the Evergreen League once again.


Field Hockey

Written by Emma Skelton’19

According to Coach Ashley Leblanc, this year’s field hockey team is focused on being “small but mighty.” The team consists of only twelve girls compared to last year’s group of eighteen, but they are definitely no less of a team. Almost every player has prior experience on the field, both at Hebron and in earlier schools and programs. This year’s single newcomer also plays ice hockey, so she is learning the sport quickly. In fact, on the first day of preseason, the team skipped over the normal tutorials and instructions and simply scrimmaged for an hour, something that rarely happens so early in the season. Since then, the team has been honing  skills such as stick work, dodging, and passing.

Coach Leblanc is also very focused on getting in shape and staying fit. Each week the girls take part in workouts affectionately dubbed “Monday, Run-day, Fun-day” and “Torture Thursday.”

The team has faced a few setbacks since the season started, however. A week before their first game they found themselves without a goalie, but Ainsley King saved the day by agreeing to step into goal herself. She has been training hard and has proven herself to be a great goalie in a short period of time. She achieved her first shutout against Kents Hill on September 20. Additionally, the team has only one sub, as eleven girls take the field at once, yet the team’s hard work training and getting fit has proved quite valuable to their stamina and energy levels during games. So far this season, they have won two out of their four games, and their spirits and morale are high. Overall, the defending MAISADS champions have a good chance of bringing home the title yet again. Their skill and perseverance have shown that they are truly small but mighty.


Cross Country

Written by Alex Romano ’19

This year’s cross country team is comprised of over fifteen students from a wide variety of backgrounds. It is truly one of the most underrated sports at Hebron Academy, and the bond that we build together running through the trails every single day is truly unique. People often do not understand what cross country really is all about; cross country is wheezing your way through the fourth kilometer of a race, using every ounce of life left in you to make it up the hill, all while three people are breathing down your neck waiting for the moment to pass you. This season has been a great one for our squad. We have competed in two races so far, and have many more ahead on our schedule. We look forward to competing in MAISADS, and hopefully, New Englands at the end of the season.