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Bahamas Lacrosse


Island School alumnus, Eliott Wellenbach (F’11) wanted to come back to Eleuthera after his semester to share his passion of lacrosse with the community of Deep Creek. Today, the summer lacrosse camp he started on his own with his sister has grown immensely and has run for three consecutive, and successful, summers! Read more about Eliott’s experience and the successful summer 2014 lacrosse camp:

“This was International Sports Education’s third annual lacrosse clinic in Deep Creek and it was the best experience by far! Upon arriving at DCMS, we were ecstatic to find two of our previous students not only passing using the sticks we provided them with last year, but also wearing the “Bahamas Lacrosse” t-shirts we designed the previous summer. From there, we received unsolicited, enthusiastic help from the two boys passing in the street as we worked together to repair a weathered lacrosse goal.


The clinic itself was a huge success – we had 24 students overall, 14 of which were third year returners. We were not only impressed by the enthusiasm and progress of the new students throughout the week, but also blown away by can-do attitude sported by the veterans. These third year students excelled tremendously but not only with their raw lacrosse skill – they also became leaders by teaching the new students the techniques they had mastered over the past two years.


Our goal is to promote the game of lacrosse, while fostering character development through leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship on and off the field. It has been exciting for us to see this unfold over the past three years and we are even more excited about what the upcoming ones will bring.

We were thrilled to find out that one of our 3rd year veteran students will be going to boarding school in Pennsylvania and playing on their lacrosse team this coming school year. We are very proud of him and all the hard work he has put into the classroom and also on the field!

We are looking forward to see each students’ progress at next year’s clinic!”


Deep Creek Middle School Summer Programs

Summer may be a time for relaxation, but the Deep Creek Middle School and Resource  Center had one of its busiest summers yet. There was a new camp and opportunity to explore Eleuthera during almost every week of the summer.

The programs kicked off with he Marine Debris & Me Plastic Pollution Camp taught participants about one of the major issues affecting the island. They took part in scientific research and helped create solutions to the problem, one of which was making beautiful art from beach plastic. Along the same idea of how to live sustainably in The Bahamas, the Sustainability Camp taught campers about water conservation, permaculture, aquaponics, biodiesel, renewable energy, and waste management.

This summer’s sleepover option was the South Eleuthera Kids Camp. This popular program offered kids the opportunity to experience outdoor adventure, such as boating, snorkeling, and swimming. They experienced hands-on learning in marine ecology, conservation, sustainability and “green” living. After full days of adventure, campers spent the night at the Island School.

Students in Grades 9 – 12, as well as their parents and teachers, were invited to join College & SAT Boot Camp at the Rock Sound Mission. The aims of this camp were to provide study tips and content knowledge for the SAT. In addition to offering a practice test, participants also received information on college and scholarship planning.

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In its third year, International Sports Education’s Lacrosse Camp was a great success. Of the 24 students, 14 were back for their third summer in a row. Camp Organizer and Island School alumnus Eliott Wellenbach (F’11) said, “Our goal is to promote the game of lacrosse, while fostering character development through leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship on and off the field. It has been exciting for us to see this unfold over the past three years and we are even more excited about what the upcoming ones will bring.” The skills learned at Lacrosse Camp stay with the athletes. Zachary Carey (DCMS ’14) has enjoyed the camp for all three years and will be attending Perkiomen School in Pennsylvania this year, with the goal of playing on the lacrosse team.

We thank everyone who organized and participated in our summer programs. Big things are already being planned for next year!

Successful Second Annual Nantucket Run-Swim!


We did it again and came back for round two–the Second Annual Nantucket Run-Swim! On July 12, 2014 The Island School with hosts, The Parizeau Family, rolled out a modified Run-Swim course to a group of excited IS alumni, parents, and friends of the school. With double the turnout as last year, it was a competitive field of recent alums all  the way through to impressive parents who showed us that The Island School spirit lives strong.


Charlie Mounts (S’14) clinched the win with Doug Parizeau (S’06) in second and and Ernie Parizeau (P’F’03, S’06, S’10, S’14) not far behind in third. The weather was perfect and we could not have asked for a better day. After the race, all participants and cheerleaders were rewarded with an evening BBQ hosted by The Parizeau Family. For more photos from the day, click here.


With the Third Annual now less than a year away, we hope you are all training and we can’t wait to see you in Nantucket in July 2015!