|It's a long, full week leading up to Commencement. In addition to all of the events - from the Alumni Games to the Academic Awards, Spring Fest to the final Senior Honors Thesis presentations - exams are taken, dormitories and rooms are cleaned up, books and uniforms are returned, and grades are entered. But through it all, we take time to honor our seniors and their hard work.|
Below please find explanations, articles, and pictures from these last busy few days at Holderness as we conclude the 2010 - 2011 academic year.
Check out a schedule of the week's events.
|Spring 2011 Athletic Awards|
On Saturday, May 28, we hosted the Spring 2011 Athletic Awards. Coaches talked about their teams and gave out the Coach's Awards and Most Improved Awards for the season.
|Sean Glew History Prize Announced|
This year, Department Chair Chris Day decided to rename the first-year history prize to the Sean Glew History Prize. One of Mr. Glew's former students, Sam Macomber '11, announced this change at Academic Awards this year, providing background about Mr. Glew and his teaching style:
|Commencement Address (Carson Houle '11)|
Carson Houle '11, President of the school, spoke at Commencement on Sunday. His message reflected his thanks for his experience at Holderness, and the possibilities he saw ahead for the Class of 2011.
| Commencement Address (Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google and Parent '10, '12, and '13)|
One of the foremost leaders in American business today, a driving force behind Google’s continued success in these challenging times, Patrick Pichette is a public figure who personally epitomizes the core values of Holderness School. Perhaps most important, he is the father of three Holderness Pichettes: Mimi '10, Jules '12, and Celine '13. And he spoke at Sunday's Commencement. Click here to read his talk.
|2011 Academic Awards and Write-Ups|
At our Academic Awards on Saturday, we were proud and pleased to present a number of awards to deserving students in multiple disciplines.
|Commencement 2011 Awards|
We are honored and excited every Commencement to present a number of important awards to alumni, friends of the school, and members of the graduating class. Please find a list of awards and write-ups below. Congratulations to everyone.
|Academic Awards Address (Mr. Peck)|
To open this year's Academic Awards ceremony, Mr. Peck spoke about how Holderness strives to be both an academic and intellectual institution.
|Commencement Dinner Address (Mr. Peck)|
Mr. Peck at Commencement Dinner on Saturday night, explaining how the Class of 2011 has positively and powerfully moved the mission of Holderness School forward this year.
|Address at the Spring Athletic Assembly (Mr. Eccleston)|
At this morning's Spring Athletic Assembly, we heard from alumnus and AD Rick Eccleston '92, who spoke thoughtfully about his college athletic experience. After being cut from the hockey team in his freshman year, Mr. Eccleston worked hard over the course of the year and summer to find a spot the following year. For him, athletics is about hard work leading to personal growth and success.
|Address to the Senior Class (Keith Babus '12)|
Keith Babus '12 got the opportunity to address the seniors class at this Thursday night's Senior Dinner. He didn't disappoint, mixing humor with heartfelt good wishes for a great class.
|Commencement Dinner Address (Mr. Flinders)|
Mr. Flinders was asked by this year's senior class to address them at their Commencement Dinner. His message? You are defined by who you are and what you strive to be, not by what you do.
|Senior Dinner Remarks (Mr. Lin)|
Mr. Lin was our faculty speaker at the Senior Dinner last night. He spoke eloquently about the need we adults have for advice-giving, particularly in this season of Commencement. Bundled among many silly pieces of advice was the ultimate truth: that we care deeply for these young men and women, and want only their happiness in the future.
|Last Picador of the Year Hits Stands|
A new issue of The Picador hits stands today, with a variety of great articles, including a look at the prom, a word from next year's editors, the schedule for Senior Honors Thesis presentations, a season review from several spring teams, and all of your regular favorites. Get your copy now!
|Senior Chapel Talk: Mr. Nicolay|
As we approach the end of the year, one of the first formal events we hold to honor our graduating seniors is Senior Chapel. Mr. Nicolay addressed the senior class in Trinity Chapel with a talk that stressed the importance of what he called the three C's: contradiction, choice, and creativity. It's wise and moving, thoughtful and provocative. Have a read, and enjoy.
|Yearbook Dedicated to Doug Kendall|
At today's assembly, yearbook editors Casey Powell and Amanda Englehardt read this year's yearbook dedication. For 2010-2011, "The Dial" goes to Mr. Kendall - Latin teacher, advisor, quiet statesman, and yearbook advisor.