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MKA Students and Alumni Reflect on Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The December 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut shocked Americans all over the country. MKA students and alumni, ever thoughtful, shared their thoughts and paid their respects online.

 

A part of me has always wanted to believe that our world, our home is a sweet innocent place. A place where differences are put aside and hatred doesn’t exist. A place where sweet little children can look up to us and say I am proud to be a part of this world because we care for each other as if we all come from the same family. I’ve always looked for this kind of unity. And when I have seen it, it has always brought a smile to my face because I know we all have the potential to be kind, but today what happened in Connecticut broke my heart.

The entire day there have only been questions in my mind: What possibly could 20 little children, who have barely been a part of this world for five years, have done to those two people that they felt they needed to take away their precious lives? But more than that, what could have happened to the shooters that they had the courage to look in the innocent eyes of a little baby and point a gun at him or her? To those shooters I am sorry. I am sorry this world gave you so much pain that you felt the need to take revenge by killing the kids who looked around their world with hope.

To those precious children I am sorry. I am sorry that the people who you looked up to and trusted weren’t there to protect you. I am sorry those two people frightened you and snatched your faith, your trust, your happiness, and your innocence. I am sorry, but I’m also hoping. I’m hoping you two realize what you did was wrong regardless of who hurt you. I’m hoping you regret for even considering shooting the little lives you are supposed to be raising. And I’m hoping the little children will still look down on us with a little faith and still admire the few instances where I’ve seen how kind we can really be to each other. I’m hoping you know that I will always love each and every one of you and that you find the happiness you came to this world searching for wherever you are now. –Divya Dasani, ‘14

 

I’m absolutely horrified that elementary school children have now become the victims of a shooting. It’s honestly sickening that someone would want to hurt innocent kids. My heart goes out to the students, teachers, and their families. –Jessica Pitman, ‘12

 

Thinking of those affected in Newtown, Connecticut, hang in there, we’re here for you. –Payson Ruhl, ‘15

 

It’s sickening what happened in Connecticut. If all of this tragic violence isn’t reason to talk about gun control and reform, I don’t know what is. –Alex Besser, ‘13

 

RIP to the children and teachers who died in today’s Connecticut shooting. What a sick world we live in. –Chris DeLara, ‘16

 

Rest in Peace to all those killed by the CT shooting…and my thoughts and prayers go out to those families…it’s heartbreaking how quickly life can end. –Audrey Lane, ‘16

 

A day like today is a rude awakening to the vicious and cruel world in which we live. But it’s also a day that teaches us: treasure the life you’re given, protect our children, and pray for Newtown. God bless all those affected today. –Kassie Fotiadis, ‘14

 

Thoughts and prayers to the people of Newtown – absolutely tragic day for the whole country. –Rafi Bildner, ‘11

 

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the Sandy Hook, Newtown incident. Irrationalism should never lead to violence, especially the targeting of our futures. –Justin Goldsman, ‘11

Cowboy Rides in on Sandy’s Tail

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

by Kelsey O’Connor

Two Sandys rode into town in the first week of November. One was a hurricane, but the other was a horse ridden by “Cowboy for a Cure” Johnny Warnshuis. If you thought cowboys riding into ghost towns could only happen in Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns, you are gravely mistaken. Johnny arrived with Sandy at the Essex Equestrian Center in West Orange on Friday, asking for a stall for his horse for two days.

 

Johnny’s 4,370-mile mission to spread awareness about Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) started on March 28, 2011 in Reddington, California. His mother Sally inspired the mission. Three days after a routine flu shot, Sally was completely paralyzed from the neck down. Johnny moved her to many different hospitals over four months before she was finally diagnosed with GBS, an inflammatory disorder of the nerves around the brain and spinal cord. Once Sally was set up with a caregiver, Johnny decided to raise awareness about GBS and hopefully help other people who have been diagnosed.

 

His final destination was New York City, and his journey has not been easy. Johnny has faced mountain lions, gone days without food or water, and been injured many times. In his words, “It has not just been physical, but also an emotional and mental triumph to get through this.”

 

The Cowboy for a Cure could not have made it without the countless people he has met on his journey, or the generous strangers who offered him places to spend the night and lodge his horses. Johnny says, “The journey has totally restored my faith in humanity and God.” While he started out alone, he now has friends for every twenty miles across the country. Johnny says that the greatest part of the experience has been meeting wonderful people. His mom shares, “To have strangers just say, ‘Come in our house and stay,’ it’s amazing.”

 

As he approaches the finish line, he is joined by his mother, thanks to donations from Johnny’s friends, supporters, and a generous couple from Oklahoma. The couple, Jill and Roy, saw Johnny riding on the side of the road, bought him a cup of coffee, and invited him and his horses to stay. Now, they are a part of his team.

 

And because every great story has a romance, along the way, Johnny met Sherree, his fiancée. She ran the website from Nevada, but joined Johnny when he broke his ankle two months ago in Pennsylvania. Once his journey ends in New York, they plan to marry. “We’re all on a wing and a prayer for sure,” he says with a laugh.

 

Johnny rode out of West Orange and finally crossed his finish line in New York in early December.

 

To learn more about Cowboy for a Cure: www.cowboyforacure.com

To donate for or learn more about GBS/CIDP: www.gbs-cidp.org

 

MKA Mock Trial Rises to the Challenge

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

by Jake Kleinbaum ’14

For a school that values academics so much, academic extracurricular activities have a tendency to go relatively unnoticed.  This trend is particularly true with MKA’s Mock Trial team.  Although you’ve most likely heard Mr. Wolfson’s masterfully delivered recruitment presentations, you probably have never heard anything beyond that.  MKA has always had an extremely successful Mock Trial team.  The team has seen very long county tournament runs the last two years, and it looks as if the Mock Trial team will not deviate from the pattern this year.

The case this year is a civil suit by Carmen Capella, the owner of a show dog named Sally, on Petzicon Inc., a manufacturer of pet products.  Ms. Capella believes that a Petzicon flea treatment led to Sally’s death.  However, Petzicon Inc. contends that Ms. Capella misused the product.  Representing Carmen Capella are Kassie Fotiadis ’14 and Jake Kleinbaum ’14.  Carmen Capella is being played by promising freshman Rachel Sobel.

The plaintiff will also call two expert witnesses to the stand. One is Dr. Delani, an expert in veterinary science, played by freshman Peter Colbert. The other is Jamison St. Clair, an expert in the valuation of show dogs, played by junior Mary Kate Turner.  Representing the defendant, Petzicon Inc., will be lawyers Madeline Colbert ’14 and Billy Bromley ’16.  The defense will call W. Pat O’Connell, CEO of Petzicon Inc. played by John Higgins ’14; Samantha Stone, an expert in chemical engineering played by Sarah Weiswasser ’15; and Val Popinjay played by Sam Zinn ’14.  This year looks to be another successful year for the MKA Mock Trial team, and their sights are set on the state title.

Are the Presidential Candidates Taking Advantage of the Opportunity of Debate?

Friday, October 26th, 2012

by Alexa Bieler

The first presidential debates have ended, and each candidate was looking to leave a positive mark. But are the debates, an outgrowth of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates (for any juniors reading this), as important as we make them out to be? Only twice since 1967 has the candidate who won the debates also won the presidency. Are the debates completely obsolete? No.

It has been a tough road for Republican candidate Mitt Romney. It is the sad truth for the party and the brunt of pundit jokes that Republicans aren’t in love with Romney. It was a hard road through the primaries, battling the effervescent Michelle Bachman and presidential-looking Rick Perry; now he faces the incumbent President, and things have not been going well. Romney’s campaign has gained the reputation of being gaff-prone, having rebooted a few times since the official confirming of the nomination in Tampa, Florida. The most recent slip-up, a video released by the Mother Jones website, was secretly recorded at a Romney fundraiser. The ill-fated video infamously shows Romney telling donors that they, the Republican Party, will not receive votes from the entitled 47% of the country—dependent individuals who believe they are victims, as Romney claims. The video went viral on Monday, September 17th, and has been an extremely popular topic of discussion since.

Romney is looking to revamp his public image during these debates. During the primaries he was good at sparring with the likes of Rick Santorum and John McCain, but he came off as insincere. The American people see Romney as a member of the 1%. If he wants to utilize the debates to change his image, he has to appeal to the lower/middle class. These debates are his last chance, on a big world stage, to show the American people that he isn’t detached from the common folk, although the aforementioned video definitely made that hard.

The results of the first debate are currently rocky: though neither candidate was on his A game, Romney is largely believed to have “won” the debate, since he came off as more confident than Obama. He also attempted to appeal to the majority of Americans with a reference to Sesame Street. Though this may have come off as desperate and awkward to many people, for some, it worked.

Mr. Obama, the incumbent, is currently leading in the polls, a surprise for a President whose economy is in the hopper. Although Obama has not yet alienated our closest European ally, England, there have been other issues. On the 11th anniversary of September 11th, the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked, killing four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. In the week that followed, speculation was rampant but hard facts scarce.  Initially, the White House believed the attack was in response to the “Innocence of Muslims” video on YouTube. As days passed, however, it became clear that the attack was a pre-planned terrorist strike. The shifting opinion has caused many Republicans to accuse the President of a cover-up, pointing to a weak take on foreign policy.

With this in mind, we turn to the debates.   The challenge of an incumbent in an election year is to defend his record while pointing to the future.   Obama had to deflect Romney’s attacks deftly and firmly if he were to come out ahead in this debate.  Romney has no presidential record to defend, but this doesn’t make his job any easier.  With his history at Bain, his rejection of the auto industry bailout and his sharp criticism of the 47%, he has an uphill battle to prove to the American people that he is sincere when he says he wants to help all Americans.

This is your future being debated. It is no doubt that suspicion has been cast on Obama with these recent accusations, and because he is the incumbent, since he didn’t exactly crush Romney, the Republicans count it as a victory.

Obama must keep his calm and make himself as trustworthy as possible in the next few weeks, or else the pundits will be all over him. •

 

The First Primaries

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Although there have only been three primary elections for the 2012 presidential Republican candidacy, the results have already had major impact.

The first primary, as is customary, was the Iowa caucus on January 7th. For those who don’t know, a caucus is a much longer process than a typical primary election. Before voting, supporters of campaigns are able to try to convince others to vote for their candidates. After supporters for each candidate have made their presentations, all voters are given pieces of paper, on which they write their choices.

After the votes from all 1,774 locations were counted, the results were very surprising. Initially, Mitt Romney appeared to have won with only 8 votes more than Rick Santorum. When a more exact count came in, though, it showed that Santorum had beaten Romney by several hundred ballots, with both men taking approximately a quarter of the votes. Behind them was Ron Paul, and trailing behind were Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and Michelle Bachmann. This prompted Michelle Bachmann to drop out.

One week later, the second primary occurred in New Hampshire. This was a typical primary election, with voters filling out printed or electronic ballots to vote for their favorite candidate. This time Romney won a major victory, with Paul, Huntsman, Gingrich, Santorum, and Perry all far behind. After this, Huntsman and Perry dropped out, with Huntsman supporting Romney and Perry supporting Gingrich.

Several weeks after that was the South Carolina primary. Many consider this election to have been the most accurate in predicting the winning Republican presidential candidate. In this case, Gingrich surged ahead to win a crucial victory, way ahead of Romney, Santorum, and Paul.

The most recent primary took place in Florida on January 31st. Romney regained his lead, beating Gingrich by 10%. Santorum and Paul trailed behind again.

There are many primary elections still to come in the upcoming weeks and months, but what these results show is that it is still a very close race and it is still possible for almost any of the candidates in the race to still become the Republican presidential nominee.

Alex Besser ’13

Penn State Scandal

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

On November 4, 2011, a shock of unimaginable size and consequence was delivered not only to the world of college football, but all of America. Jerry Sandusky, an assistant coach who had worked at Penn State for more than 30 years, was indicted on 40 counts of sexual abuse against young boys by the Pennsylvania Attorney General. This news was perhaps one of the most unexpected scandals in recent history; despite the overarching culture of dishonesty and unethical behavior within college football in recent years, Penn State had managed to maintain a program noted for its morality and integrity. Unfortunately, this gold standard for how a school should operate recently came tumbling down.

Since November, an astonishing number of Sandusky’s victims have come forward, each sharing his own version of this awful scandal. Many say that they met Sandusky through Second Mile, his statewide charity established in 1977 and dedicated to helping troubled, underprivileged boys. Sandusky used this connection, as well as his access to the Penn State facilities, to molest a number of these children, most of whom were not even teenagers yet. While the specific allegations against Sandusky are too many to list entirely, all of them had one thing in common: they each involved a young boy being taken advantage of, something that could very well scar these victims for the rest of their lives.

While Sandusky’s unspeakable behavior is terrible enough in and of itself, the consequences of his actions span much farther than just Sandusky and his victims. Joe Paterno, the revered longtime head football coach at Penn State, was recently fired after it was found that he failed to report the rape of a boy in the locker room showers back in 2002. This fact is almost as stunning as that of Sandusky’s actions; Paterno had always been thought of as one of the true “good guys” in college football, and now he was discovered to have covered up one of the biggest scandals in recent history. In addition to Paterno, many other coaches and administrators at Penn State have been either fired or placed on indefinite leave, demonstrating just how widespread this disgrace really was.

In recent times, when the ethics and morals of America as a whole are often very questionable, Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno, and the rest of those involved have delivered an irreparable blow not only to the victims, but to our entire country.

Nick Lokker ‘14 Issue Contributor

Model U.N. Takes Brown

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

During the first week of November, I had the pleasure of participating in MKA’s Model UN trip to Brown University. It is one of the most in-depth and interesting activities that MKA offers: students have the opportunity to role-play diplomats from over 180 countries as members of various committees that discuss and debate current events. The committees range from Crisis Committee, which is known to call students at their hotels in the middle of the night for an impromptu meeting, to SOCHUM, a gathering of some sixty-five people focusing on humanitarian issues such as LGBT rights and stem cell research. During “committee,” one is expected to speak only in UN jargon, beginning a question with “point of personal inquiry/privilege,” or even asking for a five-minute break by saying, “motion for an unmoderated caucus.”

One of the most intriguing aspects of Model UN is meeting people from all over the country. Some students even take Model UN as a course or competitive club, and are so serious that they talk to you only in their country’s accent, even when meetings are not in session. These students have prepared and researched all year for these few hours of debate. “It’s like seeing the future president in a gathering of high school students,” MKA sophomore, Nadia Uberoi, said of the delegate from Israel in her SOCHUM committee.

Though the various committees and subjects of debate are interesting and definitely worth the trip, there is also a lot of free time to explore the college campus. The meetings themselves take place in classrooms and lecture halls, but it’s even more fascinating to be able to eat in the breakfast hall with Brown students, or shop on Thayer’s St. Junior Puja Singh said that from her exposure to Brown University from 2010 Model UN made the school one of her top choices for college. Participants can also grow close to the students from other schools who are staying at the same hotel: they range from all 9th-12th graders, and are on the trip for all different reasons.

Model UN provides both insight into the way the UN operates and familiarity with the host school, whether it be Brown or UPenn (the February MKA Model UN destination). If you have even a slight interest in current events –and remember, the subjects discussed range from politics to war to social rights—or just want to know a little more about how a college campus looks in action, sign up for a future Model UN trip by speaking with Mr. Carroll or coming to a club meeting.

Gilad Shalit Released from Hamas Grip

Monday, November 21st, 2011

On October 18th, Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier, was set free after spending 5 years as a hostage of Hamas, the Islamist political party that governs the Gaza Strip. Shalit’s release was part of a prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas. In exchange for the Israeli soldier’s freedom, 1,027 Palestinian prisoners serving time for murder and terrorism were handed over to Hamas.

Shalit was kidnapped in Israel in July 2006 at the age of 19 by Hamas in an attack which killed two men and wounded five others.  Members of the Islamist political group had entered Israel through a tunnel underground of the Israel-Gaza border.

During the five years that Gilad Shalit was in captivity, he was denied legal humanitarian rights. Hamas did not allow the Red Cross to check on his health for fear that Shalit’s location would be discovered.

While Shalit was in captivity, he sent three letters, an audio tape, and a video tape to his family in Israel. In return for these privileges, Hamas required that Israel turn over specific prisoners. The Israeli government did what it could with the limited resources it possessed to keep Shalit alive. Israel demanded, on multiple occasions, that Shalit be handed over, but to no avail.

Throughout the five years of his captivity, Shalit’s family kept the public aware of what was going on: they arranged public campaigns to release their son, met with many delegates of foreign governments and held the longest march ever to he conducted in the country.  The march was held for 12 days, from the Shalit home in northern Israel to Jerusalem.

Many Hamas members released from Israeli imprisonment have said that they are looking forward to kidnapping more Israeli soldiers in the hopes of receiving monetary compensation in exchange for the prisoners.

Shalit was the first Hamas hostage to be returned home alive in 26 years.

Kaila Fleisig ‘14 Web and Layout Editor

Remebering Dr. Fossett

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

I’ve had a lot of time to reflect these past few weeks, and yet it is still just as hard for me to articulate how I felt about Dr. Fossett. Given more time to really think about what my time in Dr. Fossett’s classes meant, however, I’ve considered the knowledge I acquired, the friends I’ve made, and the experience that every student took away each day during class. I really do feel blessed to have gotten a chance to know Dr. Fossett, and though it still pains me every time I remember that he’s gone, I also take comfort in appreciating all he was able to give me.

A week ago, I was browsing through my email account when I found an old email from Dr. Fossett the week before my AP Chemistry exam during junior year. I remember being extremely scared for this test. Dr. Fossett had taught us during the first semester before having to take a leave of absence, but I felt unsure of my knowledge of the second half of the curriculum. I believe that this email serves to better illustrate Dr. Fossett’s deep level of care for his students than anything I could put into words:

“I’ve been thinking about each of you as May 11th approaches. I wanted to tell each of you that I believe in you and your chemistry ability. Think of how far you have come this year and how hard you have worked. Do not doubt yourself or your ability. “REMEMBER TO BE A CATION” Sure the Exam is hard, but I will let you in on a little secret: each quiz, test and problem set exam had problems from old AP Chem Exams on them, so you have been doing real AP Exam Problems all year.

Arrive at the testing center a few minutes early so you can take a few deep breathes before the exam starts. Then pass around a “Hi Boron” from me to everyone from me.

Good luck and believe in yourself and your ability to rise to the challenge.

Good luck on Tuesday,
Dr. Fossett”

Andrew Lokker, Class of 2011

 

Walking up the stairs of the subway in Shanghai, China-where I’m currently studying abroad, I check my email: I’m immediately drawn back to my first day of junior year at MKA. Dr. Fossett walks in with his usual smile and explains how AP Chem is going to challenge us and reward us. It did.
I send my condolences  to the Fossett family and hope that everyone in the MKA community and beyond will remember him for his fruitful life.

Andrew Stern, Class of ’09

 

Sitting in my Introduction to Chemistry lecture immediately after learning of Dr. Fossett’s passing, of course, all I could think of was Dr. Fossett. Though college level and high school Chemistry have their differences, some things remain the same. As soon as my professor began speaking of initial and equilibrium concentrations, Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby” began running through my head as I thought of Dr. Fossett and his performance of his interpretation of this song. Though I only was able to have Dr. Fossett for a semester, he definitely was a teacher who made an impact. By giving students “High Borons,” and being forgiving when my lab partner and I waited for half an hour for a reaction to happen and then realized that we forgot to plug in the hot plate, his kind spirit showed through, and we were able to see him as more than just a teacher. Though Dr. Fossett did teach me Chemistry, more importantly, he taught me to never give up on doing what you truly love in the face of the most difficult challenge of all.

Anna Glaessgen, Class of 2011

 

One day, early on in the year, we were learning about the movement of molecules in a gas. In order to visually and physically depict the kinetic molecular theory we were learning, he asked us all to get up, and walk in straight, short distances in an enclosed space. After around 20 seconds of this, people started hitting into each other, in which case he deemed it to be too violent. Now, it’s not like we were jamming our bodies into one another or anything, but he was so concerned of our well-being and safety that he made us stop, much to our surprise. He was such a caring and understanding teacher, taking the time to personally come up to me whenever he saw me to ask about how the class was going, or how my day was going, or just how life was in general, tossing in a terrible chemistry pun or high-boron in the process. Thanks Dr. Fossett, for believing in me.

Devika Patel, Class of 2012

 

An unforgettable teacher, mentor and friend, Dr. Fossett also served as the instructor for my junior year science research project. I wanted to design an experiment based upon my interest in systems-level neurobiology and, since using mice was not allowed, I chose German cockroaches instead.

One fine March afternoon, Dr. Fossett, Mrs. Bennett and I hovered over a five-gallon glass tank, watching in anticipation as I opened a sealed box of cockroaches within. We noticed immediately that many of the cockroaches, advertised as 2 cm long, were a mere 1 cm or shorter. We looked on, horrified, as the tiniest scaled the slippery Vaseline-coated tank walls and approached the grated top, unwavering in their mass effort to escape through the grating into the surrounding classroom.

As biologists, Mrs. Bennett and I had a splendid time fighting off the imminent outbreak, while Dr. Fossett, the chemist, was understandably frantic until every last cockroach was sealed away back inside the tank (or had been otherwise accounted for by several frenetic stomps of his shoe). Naturally, I suspected that this marked the end of my cockroach-experimenting dreams. However, to my happy surprise, Dr. Fossett generously allowed me to proceed with my experiment, using much larger Madagascar hissing cockroaches as replacements.

Now an undergraduate, I am challenged by asking systems-level neurobiology questions in a research lab that works with monkeys at Harvard Medical School. I will be forever grateful for having known Dr. Fossett and for his tireless support in helping my dreams come true.

Laura Polding, Class of 2010

 

Among the many other things Dr. Fossett and I had in common (besides teaching an AP-level science course, kids roughly the same age, and an interest in Star Wars) is a love of puns, the more horrifically bad the better.  One time several years ago I made some horrible joke in class – I don’t even remember what it was now – and one student piped up and said, “Man, that joke wasn’t even Fossett-worthy.”  Dr. Fossett and I speculated for quite some time about which one of us should actually have been more insulted by that statement.

I also always admired him for his grace under pressure.  I can look back on my twenty years of teaching and remember times when I got far more stressed about some petty little thing than I ever really should have done.  Marty put all of us to shame in that regard.  He faced far greater pressure on a daily basis than almost anyone else on campus, and with far greater equanimity.  I was, and am, inspired by that example.

Tim Lynch, Upper School Science Teacher

 

I did not know exactly why I was taking Chemistry 2 Honors. Maybe it was to get that extra honors class, maybe it was because I did not want to take a physics final; whatever the decision was, it turned out to be a great one. What I thought was going to be tedious problem solving turned out to be a great experience that I excelled in because of Dr. Fossett. From the first day, where he made jokes about cations, to making VODCASTS, Dr. Fossett put his life into teaching and helping me every step of the way. Now, when it comes down to chemistry I’m an annoying student who’s basically visiting her teacher every second of the day to ask all different types of questions, but Dr. Fossett never threw me out of his office. He would always stop what he was doing and help me with labs, homework, and even test corrections. Even when I got frustrated, he would tell me to be a cation (stay positive) and not an anion (negative) and keep pursuing on! All my understanding of chemistry is because of Dr. Fossett’s calm and caring teaching methods, which taught me to never give up and always be a cation!

Rebecca Strickland, Class of 2012

 

 


MKA Mourns Rudy Deetjen

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Kelsey O’Connor ’14

Staff Writer

MKA mourns the loss of alum, friend and former faculty member, Rudolph H. Deetjen Jr., who passed away in August at the age of 79.

Mr. Deetjen graduated from Montclair Academy in 1950 as a member of the Cum Laude Society. He then went on to receive his BA from the University of Vermont. There he was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the ROTC program before becoming a Captain in the Army Reserve. After his service, he studied education administration at Columbia Teachers College.

In 1973 Mr. Deetjen returned to his roots at the Academy by serving as Headmaster of Brookside. During his time there, Mr. Deetjen played a crucial role in the 1974 merge of Montclair Academy and The Kimberley School. Mr. Deetjen’s “inspiration, encouragement and support,” as described in the MKA Review 1994, are what ultimately earned him the Distinguished Alumni Award that same year. The Upper School recognizes his contributions with our black box theater named in his honor.

Continuing on his chosen path of education, in 1977, Mr. Deetjen went on to become headmaster of the Peck School in Morristown, NJ. At the Peck School, he is notorious for expanding the curriculum and being instrumental in updating the school’s facilities. After a fulfilled, successful career, Mr. Deetjen retired to Maine with his wife, Patty.

Mr. Deetjen’s belief in consideration of others has left a mark on many communities. His encouragement of education beyond the classroom and individual pursuits of knowledge has certainly contributed to the high standards that MKA holds today. As you pass Deetjen theater, and look at the students around you, remember the man that helped to make MKA a better and more successful place for our community.