Memoirs of a prep school survivor

St. Paul's School, Concord, NH

Check out Forbes.com for this article on why prep school tries to kill you, but only makes you stronger.  We already know the points made in this piece. This post is for all of you prep school haters out there. No problem for us. Keep on hatin’. 

And the celebrity prep school grad of the week is…

…Mitt Romney of the Cranbrook School in Michigan, and graduated in 1965. Many of his classmates were from more wealthy backgrounds, and Romney was the only Mormon at Cranbrook. Despite this, Mitt won an award for those “whose contributions to school life are often not fully recognized through already existing channels”.

According to Wikipedia, Romney wasn’t a standout student nor a star athlete. He must have been a late bloomer, because he went from Stanford to BYU, and then to Harvard School of Business and Harvard Law.

Of course, we all know him as the former Governor of Massachusetts, and current Republican candidate for US President.

True story: all five of his boy’s attended Belmont Hill School, an all-boy’s prep school in MA.

Classic Movies for Your Stockings

PCU

One Crazy Summer

Dead Poet’s Society

School Ties

School of Rock

Outside Providence

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If you know of any other prep movies, comment on this post, write on our fb wall or tweet at us @twinesandvines.

Happy Holidays!

Belmont Hill grad scoring goals for good

By Marvin Pave/Boston.com

12/18/2011

Kevin McNamara takes his role as senior captain of the men’s hockey team at Colgate University very seriously, on and off the ice. But his vision, and leadership qualities, extend far beyond lacing up the skates for the Raiders.

A 5-foot-11, 180-pound defenseman who skates in all situations for coach Don Vaughan, the Belmont Hill School grad is reaching out to those in need through Goals For Good, a program he founded prior to this season.

The charitable endeavor involves all 12 men’s and women’s Division 1 programs in the ECAC; every program receives pledges from fans based on goals scored or games won through www.goalsforgood.org, a website designed and promoted by McNamara.

Everywhere you turn on the web, there are stories of prep school students or grads involved in charity. Maybe it’s just because it’s the season of giving.

AOF students raise bank to help kids at Christmas

Photo courtesy of Hartford Courant

Students from Avon Old Farms raised $16k in just two weeks to buy toys for Hartford-area kids in an annual event called the Hartford Toy Shoppe. 

Just a good example of prep school philanthropy. Pretty amazing to see AOF students raising that much coin in just two weeks. Who would not want to help little kids on Christmas? Here’s the link to the organization that puts on the event: Click here

#December19th

Quor Splash, a senior at The Rivers School is dropping his first mixtape next Monday. The mixtape titled December 19th drops no sooner than December 19th. Bump to Splash’s tracks from earlier this year and be hyped for next Monday.

Trend #December19th on twitter, post about it on facebook, and don’t forget to download the mixtape December 19th on Datpiff.com

This Virtual Belichick app is boyz

Bill Belichick is swag surfing

Check it out here: Virtual Belichick

Everyone knows that BB is The Man. Whether he is chilling on ACK or tossing around a lax ball with Paul Rabil, Bill can do no wrong. He has also sent his kids to prep schools here in New England.

Now, we have the ability to use the Virtual Belichick to get answers to all of the important questions in life, like:

Q: “What should I tell my girl when she asks why I am in a poke war with her best friend?”

A: “It is what it is.”

Fricking brilliant!

Mid-terms are here and life is less than fun

Mid-terms are definitley here, and they are not fun. We’re all just trying to get through them and do our best.

If you are taking a break, click on the video for a laugh. Sometimes the video loads with an anti-Scott Brown ad. If it does, wait 5 seconds and then skip it. Senator Brown is the father of Ayla Brown, prep school basketball legend from Nobles. He’s the man.

Colleges buying up porn site URL’s

By PATRICK CONDON | AP

12/9/2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The University of Kansas is buying up website names such as http://www.KUgirls.xxx and http://www.KUnurses.xxx. But not because it’s planning a Hot Babes of Kansas site or an X-rated gallery of the Nude Girls of the Land of Aaahs.

Instead, the university and countless other schools and businesses are rushing to prevent their good names from falling into the hands of the pornography industry. Over the past two months, they have snapped up tens of thousands of “.xxx” website names that could be exploited by the adult entertainment business.

“Down the road there’s no way we can predict what some unscrupulous entrepreneur might come up with,” said Paul Vander Tuig, trademark licensing director at the Lawrence, Kan., school.

Now who would do such a thing? Oh yeah, some fifty-year old dude sitting in some dark basement trying to make a buck off people who want to see KU girls or nurses getting naked. 

For anyone who is considering it, don’t go and register anything like GirlsofNobles.xxx. No class.

Mandatory drug testing at MO prep school

From stltoday.com

12/6/2011

More students at Christian Brothers College High School are saying no to drugs these days and the 161-year-old Town and Country school knows that for sure.

It’s celebrating five years of annual mandatory drug testing for all students.

Jane Eschmann is the school’s assistant principal and administrator of the program at the college prep school.

“In the five years we’ve done this, we’ve had a total of eight students who’ve had to withdraw from school, out of well over 5,000 tests given to students,” she said. “We think that’s a pretty phenomenal number.”

Prospective students and their families are told about the mandatory drug testing. There’s no refusal allowed by students or parents, and no one has ever refused, CBC President Mike England said.

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Wow. If mandatory hair samples for drug use ever got instituted at your school, what percentage of the kids would shave their heads?

At least 50%?