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A Tall Honor for John Strawson

On Sunday, April 28, 2019, mathematics teacher and versatile coach John Strawson will be part of the 23rd class inducted into the Torrington High School Athletic Hall of Fame. This prestigious honor recognizes Strawson’s athletic achievements during his time at Torrington High School from 2001 to 2005, as well as his basketball career at Springfield College (2005-2009) and his continued involvement in athletics as a coach at Forman. Strawson currently coaches Forman's Boys’ Varsity Basketball and Girls’ Varsity Softball teams.

Strawson has been named coach of the year by the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council three times. Led by Strawson, the Forman Boys’ Varsity Basketball team won the 2013 Hudson Valley League championship and Strawson’s overall record at Forman is 84-37.

“I am humbled and honored by my selection to this esteemed list of former athletes and coaches, which also includes my sister, Christine, and my uncles Timmy and Jimmy,” said Strawson. “I owe a lot of my success to the encouragement and guidance of the important people in my life – my parents, my sister, Coach Tony Turina, and Coach Gerry Carbone. They always pushed me to be better, and whatever success I have had as an athlete and a coach is due to their support.” 

The induction ceremony will be held at Chatterley’s Banquet Hall in Torrington on Sunday, April 28 with a cocktail reception beginning at 4:00 p.m.

John Strawson has been working at Forman since 2010. During this time, he has been a Mathematics Teacher, Coach (soccer, basketball, baseball, and ultimate frisbee, girls’ softball), Advisor, and Dorm Parent. He is also the Senior Class Dean. John comes from a family of educators who all teach at the high school level. John grew up in Torrington and lives on the Forman School campus.  

Successful Revisit Day

On Tuesday April 1, 2019, Forman School held its annual Revisit Day, a chance to continue to show why prospective students and families should choose Forman. Most of the day’s events took place in the Visual and Performing Arts Center, starting with a morning of academic focus on History, Science, and Video and Film. 

During a panel discussion with Head of School Adam K. Man, Director of Studies Jamie Dwan, and Director of College Counseling Meredith Davis, Man mentioned how Forman has an amazing array of offerings from the Rainforest Program, Winterim, as well as a robust Athletics Program and that they added up to an impressive roster of attractions that would be expected at a school much bigger than Forman. 

“At the heart of it all is you, the student,” Man said. “I hope you will look around and see that you belong here. If you choose Forman, I can tell you that you will be working with the most dedicated faculty I have ever seen, each one fully committed to the success of every student.” 

Director of Admission Jaime Feinman declared the day very productive. “Every family I talked to told me how comfortable and welcome they felt on campus. Some of the future students were already telling me which classes they plan to take.” 

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Hats off to Blake and Lehner

John Blake '19 and Nathan Lehner '19 are four-year seniors at Forman School and have contributed a lot to the school.  

John Blake '19 and Nathan Lehner '19 are four-year seniors at Forman School and have contributed a lot to the school. At the heart of their time at Forman, however, is their status as four year soccer players. 

Athletic Director and varsity soccer coach Scott McCarty '76 has seen it all when it comes to Forman athletes and holds Blake and Lehner in high regard. So does the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association who named the pair to the 2018 All State Prep S-M Team. McCarty, Blake, and Lehner attended the banquet at Aqua Turf in Plantsville, CT on February 10 to celebrate with the state's best high school soccer players. 

"Nate Lehner is my Tasmanian devil on the soccer field. He's passionate, plays hard, and has an admirable work ethic." says McCarty. "He was a good captain, he led the team in scoring, and gave me his all. I could play him anywhere and he'd never complain."

"John Blake is a gifted athlete, hard worker, and a wonderful soccer player." says McCarty. "I could put him on the other team's best player and John would shut him down. Like Nate, wherever I put him, he'd just work his hardest without a word of complaint.

"Both John and Nate took on a lot this year as the program is in transition. They really stepped it up." Coach McCarty doesn't vote for these awards; the other coaches in the league do. It says a lot about John and Nate to win this honor, on a team that only won five games.  

Students Attend Model UN

The Model UN Delegation from Forman had a successful trip to the 45th Yale Model United Nations Conference from January 17-20. 

The Model UN Delegation from Forman had a successful trip to the 45th Yale Model United Nations Conference from January 17-20. After arriving in New Haven on Thursday afternoon, students joined nearly 2,000 other participants from around the world for the Opening Ceremony before attending their first committee meeting that lasted well into the night.

On Friday, students participated in Yale Day, attending admissions talks, hearing lectures from Yale professors, and watching performances from some of the university's most talented and unique groups. Committee offerings for this year's YMUN did not disappoint.

First time participant, Landon Phipps '22, learned the ropes in the UNHCR Committee specifically for new delegates. Robert Goodwin '20 represented Nigeria in the Social, Humanitarian, and Culture Committee's discussion of obesity and ebola, and Nick Campos '20 spoke for Vietnam on the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Students attended a total of seven committee meetings over the four days.

YMUN was Forman's second and final Model UN conference for the year. Students are looking forward to our return to Providence next fall.

Jazz and Pizza at Sasso's Coal Fired

Music teacher Jerrod Cattey played a gig in the greater Litchfield area with his jazz band at Sasso's Coal Fired Pizza in Torrington.

Music teacher Jerrod Cattey often plays gigs in the greater Litchfield area with his jazz band. On the night of January 16, Cattey and his band played at Sasso's Coal Fired Pizza in Torrington.

Cattey invited Meredith Sherburne '19, Ahlon Harkness '19, and Emme Woolley '20 to sit in with his group. During the break between sets, the crowd at Sasso's listened to a 15-minute selection of songs by Forman's Instrumental Ensemble.

The Forman Instrumental Ensemble consisted of Henry Lautch '19 on trumpet, Meredith Sherburne '19 and Baird Atwood '19 alternating on percussion, Reid Korde '21 on bass, and Clayton Tichy '19 on guitar. Vocalists were Emme Woolley '20 and Ahlon Harkness '19.

Highlights included instrumentals "Song for my Father," "Blue Bossa," and "Watermelon Man." Woolley sang "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," and "Stars Fell on Alabama" and Harkness sang "Smile."