Craig has instilled several important and useful skills that I still use to this day. The ability to construct a well-written essay is by far the most important. Being able to organize one's thoughts and at the same time interest people in your topic has been a crucial part of my post-graduation life. To obtain the Fulbright grant, I had to write a paper on why I should be selected. Without those skills Craig had taught me, I strongly believe I wouldn't be where I am today. Whatever field you end up going into, you will need to write reports. Since graduating, I have written several reports for my school here in Malaysia and for MACEE. Proving once again how vital this skill is and how Craig has successfully prepared me for the world.
Since arriving in my placement in Bachok, Kelantan I have been able to experience so much. Such as different foods, culture, environment, and sports. Kelantan is known for putting sugar into all their foods, even fish and chicken. Of course, they also have very spicy foods here which have time and time again knocked me and my colleagues out of our seats. The culture is vastly different from the US, the area I am stationed in is highly Muslim and Islamic, so we have to dress accordingly and follow the rules of their culture. Such as no cross-gender touching, and covering certain parts of the body. My first day there, we heard a mans voice over the loudspeaker at a nearby mosque. In areas such as this they have the call to prayer which happens at certain times during the day. Each class is started with a prayer and ends with a prayer. The environment itself is very hot and dry, which still takes some getting used to. Finally sports, SMK Long Yunus is very well known for their athletics. They are huge in Hand Ball, Badminton, and Soccer. I have had the pleasure of being able to help coach their men's soccer team. I have also been able to join the teacher team and play every Tuesday. This experience so far has been incredible and I wouldn't give it up for anything.
Accepted at the college of his choice.
As a senior at Landmark, David has been awaiting word of college acceptances and the word is all good! He has been accepted several colleges including Green Mountain, Johnson State, and Thomas Aquinas. But the big news is that he was not only accepted into the physical therapy program of his choice, American International in Springfield, Massachusetts, but was given a whopping scholarship for the four years. All that hard work paid off, David. Congratulations!
Wyatt James Kerwin Nolan, born June 12th to Kyra Douglass and David Nolan.
After 24 hours of labor, Wyatt finally decided to be born on Kyra’s June 12th birthday no less! Now, four months old, Kyra and Dave are enjoying every minute of their child. Wyatt, of course the perfect baby, is sleeping through the night, hardly ever cries, and seems to be reaching all the developmental milestones early. Do we detect just a smidgen of maternal pride? Wyatt is shown below sitting in his mother’s lap with his baby cousin, Ellen, along side.
Nearly 100 attend the Alumni Reunion
At 6:00 pm on Friday, January 5th there were 10 pizzas, two gigantic 6′ long subs, a fruit bowl, sheet cake, and gallons of soda and water. By 9:30 pm all that remained was about 4 bottles of water and about 1/2 a liter of soda. The appetites of Craig alums seem to have grown if that is possible. However, judging from the size of a few 8th grade graduates, perhaps the food consumption is not surprising. Even the recent 12th grade graduates seem to have put on a few inches!
The alums came from afar to see their friends and former teachers. Doug had flown in from Australia the night before on his way back to American University. Steve had just come back from vacationing in Hawaii before returning to Fairleigh Dickinson. Even a few parents showed up to trade stories.
The soda and food consumption began in earnest once the basketball games got under way. Mr. Furlong and Mr. Cap officiated with the help of Mr. Snowdon. Everyone had a chance to play – both men and women. Who won? Seems that is debatable. It is probable that the Black team won for the second year although there was a bit of a breakdown in the score keeping. No big deal! It was a great fun evening.
The induction of the Badger Athletic Hall of Fame recipient was somewhat delayed while the photographer ran to find a replacement battery. But no matter, Mr. Furlong regaled the throngs with stories of former students. Remember the one about Matt’s backyard roller coaster? When all was ready, Mr. Furlong recounted the accomplishments of Brian Kerwin on the basketball court both at Craig and at Immaculata High School and welcomed him as the 4th alumnus to receive the trophy. The Badger Athletic Hall of Fame trophy was first awarded in 2006.
Chad’s Dad sends us a brief update.
Dr. Ehrenkranz writes that Chad is now a second year law student at the University of Miami. Chad left Craig at the end of 6th grade. He graduated from Morristown-Beard and then earned a B.A. from New York University. Will he stay in Florida after becoming an attorney or move back to the litigious state of New Jersey? Stay tuned!
David takes a brief vacation from Landmark School after injuring his knee.
Pitted against an opponent in a heavier weight class at Landmark School, David injured his knee in a wrestling practice. He had damaged his knee the year before and is now out of action once again, at least for a month. He has to undergo four to six weeks of physical therapy and hopes this will help him get in shape in time for the lacrosse season. In the meantime, he is working with a tutor to keep up with the academics.
Becky Schmidt updates Craig on her latest ventures.
Becky is keeping busy as an EMT working on the night shift and is also helping out her mother who owns PC Horizons Computer Learning Center in Totowa. She still keeps her hand in with children by occasionally transporting daycare center kids, but is undecided at this point what direction she will take in the long term. In the meantime, Beck will be a strong candidate for the Alumni Basketball team on January 5th!
My name is Kevin Wolfe and have graduated from Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a concentration in radio and television. My interest in sports began when I was about five years old when I would sit on the couch with my father, uncle and grandfather and watch the New York Mets take the field at Shea Stadium. I have always had a passion for both baseball and football. The most exciting time of the year for me is every September when The New York Giants kick off another exciting football season. Out of all the topics that are newsworthy, sports just happens to be my favorite.
Dan has just updated Craig with the news that he was playing Rugby for Curry College this fall as a freshman and is known as the “Fox”. He has scored a “try” (touchdown) and has made over 50 tackles! On top of that, Dan is making Dean’s List for the fall semester. He loves Curry and is obviously doing extremely well. Congratulations, Dan!
Dan Rynkowski (8th, ’04) stopped by Craig during his spring vacation.He had just returned from Red River Gorge, KY where he and four others rented a cabin for a week in order to do some spelunking and rock climbing in the Mammoth Caves.Dan got into climbing recently and spent the summer of 2008 climbing the “Gunks” (Shawangunks) in the Catskills.When asked about his most challenging climb, he said “hanging upside down in the Mammoth Caves”(a 5.13 rated climb — top difficulty is 5.15) “was amazing.”