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High-Flying Penguin

Stephen Young ’79 has fond memories of flying kites on the island where he grew up “3,000 miles off the coast of Spain.” (After consulting a map, we figured out he meant Nantucket.) However, he realized that people rarely flew kites simply for pleasure anymore. He decided to do something about it and started Nantucket Kiteworks. (You can find it on Facebook, too at https://www.facebook.com/NantucketKiteWorks)

Stephen’s kites are inspired by Nantucket and made by hand in Freeport, Maine, where he lives. He enjoys picking out fun, vibrant prints at the fabric store and building kites designed for flying instead of doing tricks.

To help get the word out about his company, and spread the news about how much fun flying kites can be, Stephen built Stanley, a 74” cotton, polka-dot kite that he hopes to fly over every state in the nation. Stephen has been making use of his fellow Penguin alumni to help him reach that goal.

Jodie Elliot ’78 got Stanley started in March by flying him over Texas, where she lives. The kite has since flown in Montana, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. Stephen has several other states lined up as well. In fact, he’s missing only Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Nevada. If you’re a Penguin who lives in one of those states—or know someone who does—email us at alumniprograms@cushing.org and we’ll hook you up with Stephen.

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Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.