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Voice of the Red Sox Dave O'Brien Speaks at Assembly
Sportscaster Dave O'Brien was the guest speaker at today's Assembly as the guest of Holderness faculty member David Lockwood with whom O'Brien had struck up a correspondence and then friendship several years ago.
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Relay for Life Raises Funds, Celebrates the Fight Against Cancer
by Liesl Magnus '17

Does it ever feel like we take for granted our birthdays? Do you anticipate your birthday with dread rather than thankfulness? Now think about this: what would it be like to not know if you will live to see your next birthday? To not know if this is the last spring you’ll see or if your next day will be your last? This and more ran through the head of Doctor Gordy Klatt, the man who, in 1985, single-handedly began the Relay for Life with a 24 hour walk and run-in, raising $27,000 to go towards fighting cancer. The Relay has now raised billions worldwide.

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Welcome to The Show
Editor's Note.  This is the second in a series by Coach Chris Milmoe whose capstone project at Plymouth State University is to provide a season's worth of sports reporting for Holderness School.

It is not out of the ordinary for Holderness students to do extraordinary things.  The student body is full of talented kids.  But sometimes a student does something that you simply don’t believe.  Something you immediately question the accuracy when being told.  That happened last Wednesday when freshman Hank Day pitched a complete game two hitter against Phillips Exeter Academy.  He carried a no hitter into the bottom of the ninth inning.

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Holderness Welcomes Poet Richard Blanco
On Friday, April 18th, Richard Blanco will be the visiting poet at Holderness School's next School Night.  Blanco is the fifth Inaugural Poet of the United States.  The poem he wrote for Barack Obama's second inauguration, One Today, helped confirm him as a historical figure in American poetry. He is the first Latino, immigrant, and gay writer to receive this honor, as well as the youngest ever, at the age of 44. Blanco has also been named a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, and received an honorary doctorate from Macalester College. Blanco also wrote "Boston Strong," to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
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Bro Adams '65 Nominated to Lead National Endowment for the Humanities
Today, the White House announced President Barack Obama's intention to nominate Holderness alumnus and Colby President William D. Adams to become Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation. 
Though the precise timing of the appointment depends on the successful completion of the confirmation process, President Adams will remain in his current office until at least May 31 and will preside as usual on Commencement weekend. Should he leave the presidency before David Greene's arrival, slated for July 1, Vice President for Academic Affairs Lori Kletzer is empowered by the College bylaws to take up the duties of the president.
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Spring Break Sports Recap
By Chris Milmoe

The month of March is a special time at Holderness school.  Some members of the community would say the month of March is what Holderness school is all about.  The Special Programs represent the heart and mission of Holderness school to create leaders for good in the world through experiential learning.  All four phases expand the point of view of the student in positive and meaningful ways.

All people in the Holderness community are aware of the special programs in March.  What is not as well known is another program takes place in the month of March after special programs end, spring break trips for Holderness spring sports.  Over fifty Holderness student-athletes gave up part of their vacation so they could start working with their teammates to improve their individual skills and meet their team goals.  Boys lacrosse and baseball traveled to Florida to take advantage of more favorable climates while girls lacrosse remained in New England showing true grit against the weather.

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Winter Athletes Win Awards
On Monday, April 7th, we celebrated our winter season athletic programs in Hagerman. Athletic Director Rick Eccleston began the awards with a talk about Angela Duckworth's research on character, leadership, and grit, noting that her research shows that the most important criteria for success and leadership is not talent, not IQ or SAT scores, not emotional intelligence, but grit. Mr. Eccleston then shared many examples in our athletes and programs where grit was evident.  In the list below you'll see the names of the students who received a Most Improved (MI) or Coaches' Award (CA).  Congratulations Athletes? 

You can read more about Angela Duckworth's theories and Holderness School's commitment to hard work in Mr. Peck's Photo of the Day post

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"Contemporary Tradition," 2014 Alumni Exhibition
Works by alumni artists Emilie Lee '99 and Jonathan Sherman '95 will be on exhibit at the Edwards Art Gallery beginning Friday, April 11th and continuing through May 25th, with an Opening Reception on the 11th from 6:30 - 8pm. Lee is a classically trained oil painter with a special love of nature and outdoor adventure.  Sherman studied in Italy and is inspired by the old masters for his development as a painter. Gallery talks and studio demonstrations are also on the roster. The Edwards Art Gallery is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am - 5pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am to noon.  


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Young Alumni Wrap Up Winter with Awards and Accolades
Ice hockey player Gavin Bayruether, '13 was named ECAC Co-Rookie of the Year, Radville Autukaite, '11 was named a Daktronics Scholar-Athlete by the Virginia Intermont women's basketball team, Bryant University senior forward Alex Francis '10 was named to both USBWA and NABC All-District Teams, and Skidmore College women's basketball team awarded All-Liberty League honors to Migle Vilunaite. Congratulations alumni! 

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Quarter 3 Honor Roll & Excellent Effort Grades Released
Holderness is proud to announce the list of students on high honor roll and honor roll for the third quarter of the 2013-2014 academic year. Great work, and congratulations!
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Special Programs 2014 Schedule
The final version of the 2014 Special Programs is here.
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