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Abridged Opening Week Schedule For Families
This downloadable document is a family-friendly version of our busy opening week.  Contact Sarah Svindland in the Deans Office with any questions.

Holderness School’s Robert Caldwell Named to CASE International Board of Trustees
Holderness School’s director of advancement and external relations was named to the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) international board of trustees today, making him the only secondary school advancement professional on this governing body.
Robert Caldwell will be replacing Kristina Schaefer, dean of external relations at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He will represent District 1 on the international board, and serve on the District 1 board of trustees, as well.  District I is the largest district in CASE, with members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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Dexter Paine '79 Named to FIS Counsel
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Chairman W. Dexter Paine has been selected by International Ski Federation as a member of its FIS Council. Paine was named at the 49th International Ski Congress in Barcelona, Spain. He has been chairman of the USSA, the highest elected position in U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, since 2006. He was also the president of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, the fundraising arm of the team, from 2002-2006.
A lifelong skier, Paine grew up in New Hampshire and is a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts where he was a member of the alpine ski team and of Holderness School in New Hampshire where he was a member of the alpine ski team, tennis and soccer teams, as well as the school's vice president during his senior year.  He is married to Susan Levin Paine '82 and is the father of Mercy, Honor and Samuel '14.  In addition, Dexter's siblings Betsy '80, Stephanie '83, and Ellyn '86 also attended Holderness.  Dexter served the school on its board from 1992-2002, including serving as board chair from 1997-2000.  He was also awarded Holderness School's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999.

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Holderness Selected to Host 2015 NENSA Eastern Cup
The New England Nordic Ski Association has once again selected Holderness School to host a 2015 Eastern Cup event. The Eastern Cup, considered to be NENSA's signature race series, offers offering competition for Bill Koch League, Junior, Senior and Master skiers. Eastern Cup events also serve as the Junior National Qualifier races for the New England Junior National Team.

Holderness School has been awarded an Eastern Cup event every year since 1980. This year's race will take place on February 16th and will again coincide with the Holderness School Cheri Walsh Memorial.  Read more about the Eastern Cup at the NENSA website. 

Quarter 4 Honor Roll & Excellent Effort Grades Released
Holderness is proud to announce the list of students on high honor roll and honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2013-2014 academic year. Great work, and congratulations!
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2014 Commencement Special Award Write-ups
We are honored and excited every Commencement to present a number of important awards to alumni and friends of Holderness School. Please find below the write-ups for the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Theuner Award, and the B.W. "Pete" Woodward, Jr. Award. Congratulations to everyone.
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Commencement 2014 Student Award Write-Ups
We are honored and excited every Commencement to present a number of important awards to members of the graduating class. Please find a list of awards and write-ups below. Congratulations to everyone.
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2014 Academic Award Write-Ups
On Saturday afternoon, we came together for the annual Academic Awards, celebrating the life of the mind at Holderness. What follows are the award winners and the write-ups from their teachers. Congratulations to all!
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2014 Members of the Cum Laude Society
The Cum Laude Society was begun in 1906 as a society modeled after Phi Beta Kappa for high school students. Its mission is to recognize high scholarship and outstanding character. Only a very few students from each class are permitted to be inducted each year into the Cum Laude Society.

The motto of the Society, ARETE DIKE TIME, stands for Excellence, Justice, and Honor. ARETE, or excellence, represents the highest levels of academic work, and can also be translated as Truth: for it is in learning that we are able to understand, apply, and make the connections that lead us toward intellectual thought, which is our path to recognizing truth. DIKE, or Justice, represents not only our individual fair treatment of others, but in using our intellectual gifts to seek justice for all. TIME, or Honor, stands for both the personal integrity that is necessary when seeking the highest standards of learning, and also the honor that such seeking merits. Therefore, the motto of the Cum Laude Society compels those inducted to continue their work towards a lifetime pursuit of truth, justice, and honor.

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Doonie Brewer Speaks to the Seniors at Trinity Chapel
Thursday night our seniors upheld the annual tradition of having Senior Chapel at Trinity Chapel. An original 18th century building, Trinity Chapel was the Holderness chapel when the school opened in 1879. New students attend a service there to learn the history of the school. And, every spring, the seniors make a visit to sign a register that goes into the official records at Holderness town hall. Traditionally a departing faculty is the speaker. This year it was Do0nie Brewer. Her remarks are below. Here are a few photos of the evening, as well.
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The Picador: Volume 9, Issue 11
Inside this issue of The Picador:
- The Picador's Got a New Team: Introducing Next Year's Editors
- Remember When? Photos of the Class of 2014 from Freshman Year
- Farewell to the Macombers!
- Satire: Is Your Roommate a Feminist?
To view the online version click here!
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Chapel | 5/8/2014
Tonight's chapel service was for freshman, sophomores and juniors and featured our vice-president and president-elect, Emma Abrams and Charles Harker.  Both shared thoughts on how we as "returners" can create an open, friendly, welcoming and healthy culture for next year's new students. Emma called on the student body to remember what it is like to be new, and Charles reminded us to pass on those "random acts of kindness" that matter so much.  The full text of their remarks are below.
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