The school year at NMH is rolling with Nathaniel and Ellinore busy as a bucket of bees. AP Biology and French and AP Computer Science and Music Studio and Philosophy and Health and sophomore Biology and Geometry and volleyball and dry-land training for ice ice hockey and Choir and an a capella group “Hogapella” and the ACT test and tour guiding prospective students and college applications and the NMH Fishing Club (!) and Big Brothers and Big Sisters–this is the basic outline of commitments of one sophomore and one senior in high school. Days start with departure from the house at 7 with a return home by 7 on some days and 10 on others. Weekends include sports games (Volleyball on Saturdays for Ellie and Shamrocks select hockey on most Sundays).
Once the students are settled in with the help of the orientation leaders classes get underway and the school begins a series of events. One of these is the annual NMH Rope Pull, a tradition that dates back to 1884. The kids paint their faces and then line up on either end of Shadow Lake, grab on to a thick length of rope and tug. The seniors were victorious this year and the prize was throwing the Dean of Students in the lake.