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August graduation canceled amid health concerns

In place of Commencement, which was originally scheduled for June, the school organized a drive-in graduation ceremony.

Sophia Van Beek, Copy Editor

July 28, 2020

The Class of 2020 was informed on July 14 that their August graduation had been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, making them the first class to not walk graduation terrace in celebration of their commencement.  The announcement came after weeks of carefully weighing the numerous safety and logisti...

After years of academic exploration, Zocchi bids farewell to Masters

Zocchi (center left) with her daughter Ariana Copland '20 (center right) after she performed in the Upper School's production of Sideshow in February. Zocchi said some of her fondest memories at Masters are those she has made with her daughter.

Kate Sibery, Editor-in-Chief

July 22, 2020

Latin is sometimes ridiculed as a dead language by students who don’t take it, as well as some that do. Yet, those who have had Upper School Latin teacher Emily Zocchi recall the vivacity and immense passion she brought to the language. After 12 years working at Masters, Zocchi is departing from the sc...

Opinion: Cancel the 2020 NFL season

The National Football League (NFL) and NFL Players Association recently announced plans to test players and personnel daily for two weeks when training camp begins. As people across the U.S. still struggle to get tested for COVID-19 and receive results in a timely fashion, the NFL should not be diverting resources away from the general public.

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

July 22, 2020

The National Football League (NFL) is determined to begin its season on time; however, as the coronavirus pandemic continues in the United States, it is not just unsafe to be playing football, but also unethical.  On Monday, July 20 ESPN reported that the NFL and the NFL Players Association have agr...

Obituary: Remembering Claire Arnod Horikawa

Obituary: Remembering Claire Arnod Horikawa

Kira Ratan, Web Editor & Social Media Manager

July 8, 2020

Claire Arnod Horikawa, a Dobbs Ferry resident and World Language Department Chair at the Hewitt School in New York City, died on Sun. June 21. She was 55. Horikawa had been riding her bike on Clinton Avenue on the evening of Sat. June 20 and was found on the ground unconscious adjacent to the Master...

The mystery of mask denial: Why is it so hard for Americans to mask up to save lives?

The mystery of mask denial: Why is it so hard for Americans to mask up to save lives?

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

July 2, 2020

The United States reported 52,789 new coronavirus cases on July 1 – the most in a day since the start of the pandemic; yet, individuals across the United States, including many of the top officials in the Trump Administration, refuse to wear a mask.  The Center for Disease Control originally issued gui...

Kitchen says ‘vale’ to Masters

Latin teacher Keith Kitchen poses next to a statue of Cicero.

Carol Queiroz, Staff Writer

June 21, 2020

After eight years of teaching at Masters, Keith Kitchen, the Middle School Latin and Upper School Greek Teacher, is leaving the school. Next year, Kitchen plans on moving back to his home state of Pennsylvania and teaching at a private school there.  “I had a lot of freedom to make my curriculum here at Masters,...

Students involved in candidates’ campaigns push for change

Students involved in candidates' campaigns push for change

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

June 20, 2020

With local primaries (NY on June 23, NJ on July 7 and CT on Aug. 11) right around the corner, Tower spoke with Masters students and alumni who have been involved in various candidates' campaigns. NOTE: Tower recently sent out a survey to the classes of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 regarding student ...

Lederman bolstering Basaran’s bid for NJ-9 seat

Lederman bolstering Basaran's bid for NJ-9 seat

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

June 19, 2020

Rising junior Clyde Lederman is no stranger to the competitive realm of political campaigning. Once a communications advisor for former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak’s 2020 presidential bid, Lederman is heavily involved in running communications for Alp Basaran – a first-generation Muslim-A...

Inspired by fighting mentality, Scheuer helps Jones’ campaign

Inspired by fighting mentality, Scheuer helps Jones' campaign

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

June 19, 2020

It all started back in the fall of 2019 when Thomas (Buster) Scheuer ‘20 attended a debate at SUNY Purchase between three of the democratic candidates for the NY-17 congressional seat. One of the candidates caught his attention from the get-go: Mondaire Jones (Democrat).  After that debate, Scheuer began reading up on Jones an...

New supports Schleifer for NY-17

New supports Schleifer for NY-17

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

June 19, 2020

Rising senior Samantha (Sam) New has been a gun safety activist ever since one of her friends was tragically killed in the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Now, she is backing NY-17 candidate Adam Schleifer (Democrat), who she believes has a strong plan for ending gun violence in America.  ...

Corrigan backs Bowman in competitive NY-16 race

Corrigan backs Bowman in competitive NY-16 race

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

June 19, 2020

Congressman Elliot Engel (Democrat) has been in Congress for 31 years. Jamaal Bowman (Democrat), a middle school principal who was born and raised in New York City, is vying to begin a new chapter in New York’s 16th congressional district (NY-16). And it appears he may be successful: a recent poll rele...

Meyer favors Farkas for NY-17 seat

Meyer favors Farkas for NY-17 seat

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

June 19, 2020

After just one Wikipedia search before a meet-and-greet at a neighbor’s house, rising junior Nate Meyer was sold on NY-17 congressional candidate Evelyn Farkas (Democrat). Farkas had served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Obama administration and according to her campaign page, was re...

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