Kent Place showed up to today's away game vs. Westfield. The Dragons were locked in from the get-go and excited to build upon a strong finish versus Glen Ridge last week. The team had traveled down to Princeton on Friday to watch a battle royale between New Jersey power houses #6 Princeton vs. #20 Rutgers University. The Dragons took copious notes on the Scarlett Knights' ferocity and Princeton's determination. Both teams put on a clinic for our girls and no one was disappointed with the opportunity to watch such high level play. The girls even had the chance to give a shout-out to their former teammate, KPS alumna Isla Okkinga '19, freshman GK for the Tigers, and the Dragons got several shout outs from Coach Moran's friend, Marybeth Freeman, on ESPN+ who was the former Columbia Univeristy and Temple University Coach.
Saturday's Westfield game however was one that tested the team's frustration level more than anything else. The Dragons did their best to pepper the opponents' circle, but did not convert on any of their corner opportunities because of simple fouls that were more a result of careless play on the part of the visitors than brilliance on the part of our opponent. A controversial call in the first half gave the home team a penalty stroke that KPS GK Audrey Alix got a stick on, but did not punch away, and Westfield went up 1-0 into the half.
The second half was played mainly in Westfield's defensive end. KPS strung together some great passing combinations and worked their way around the home team, but despite earning a number of quality corner opportunities the Dragons could not convert any of them into a goal (credit the opposition for putting ball on our feet and keeping their sticks down ; ). Westfield earned a second stroke late in the game, but Alix was up to the task and had learned her lesson. The ball came to her right side and Alix deftly batted the shot down and away for the save, which served to take the wind out of the home team's sails and bolster the Dragons, but it was a tale of "too little too late" and DESPITE OUR BEST EFFORTS KPS fell victim to the time on the field, giving up the win on a controversial stroke call.
Nonetheless, the Dragons need to work on their attack and will use Monday and Tuesday to prep for their Wednesday hometown rivalry against a talented OKS squad at Chatham Fields. Hope to see you there! Whistle blows at 4:30pm.
That's our mantra in robotics. Try crazy things, be free with your ideas, and see what happens. If you're going to build the future, you'll need to be a pioneer. –Emma, seventh grade
LEAN INTO DIFFICULTY.
When it comes to academics, it pays to challenge yourself. I'm in the Bioethics Symposium, presenting research on the ethics of genetically-enhanced intelligence. At times it's daunting—research, deadlines, time management—but it's also a whole new way of thinking. Very independent and "you-driven." –Isabella, sophomore
OWN YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE
It's one of the "conversation norms" we have at Kent Place, and it's always resonated with me. Everyone has a different and equally valid perspective to bring to the table—so put yourself out there. –Mary, senior
DON’T THINK YOU’RE GOING TO GET A LABEL.
There are no jocks here at Kent Place, no science geeks, no theater nerds. Last month a varsity athlete went to sing at the Vatican. Everyone here has some unique quality — and they’re amazing at what they do. –Claire, senior
REACH BEYOND WHAT YOU THINK YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH.
You'll face plenty of challenges, but push through them. Brilliant women use their resources: their teachers, our studios and library and, of course, each other. If you're stuck, collaboration can almost always get you across the finish line. –Suzanne Carreno-Powers, Math Teacher and STEM Coordinator
GET READY FOR RIGOROUS WORK.
And multiple extracurricular activities. Busy days, and a few late nights. But through it all, don’t lose your sense of fun. –Alessandra, junior
KPS alumnae are amazing. I met one alumna after a math and science panel who works in retail architecture. That made me think about a cool way to combine two of my interests — math and fashion. –Amber, junior
YOUR TIME AT KPS IS GOING TO OPEN UP OPTIONS YOU HADN'T EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT.
And when it's time to choose, you're going to know yourself so well, you'll pick the college that's the best fit for you—academically, socially, personally. So don't get tunnel vision. This is your process. Just know that you'll be ready! –Jennifer Simpson, Director of College Advising
SOLVING PROBLEMS IS A JOURNEY, ENJOY THE RIDE!
In the Middle School we do a Science Expo—either two or four people work on a science project for a couple of months and then present it to the entire class. We go into some in-depth projects and it’s incredible what we learn along the way, and how willing our teachers are to help us through the tough parts. –Toni Ann, eighth grade
SPEAK YOUR MIND.
Every girl here learns from an early age how to speak up and speak to adults. You never feel silly raising your hand, and you’re given lots of opportunities to speak publicly. I’m never shy about saying what’s on my mind. –Vittoria, fourth grade
ETHICS WILL CHANGE YOUR ENTIRE OUTLOOK.
Right away, we tackled questions of "right versus right." We're learning to look at every issue from both sides, which helps with everything from homework to friendships. –Elizabeth, eighth grade