Ly Cao ’18 is a reporter for the student-run newspaper, The Picador. She is also an international student from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The New England Scholastic Press Association recently recognized Ly’s article on “What It’s Like to Be an International Student at Holderness” We salute Ly for this award and also thank her for helping us develop a greater perspective on how difficult it is to attend a boarding school in another country.
The Cheri Walsh Memorial Race is Sunday, February 11, 2018
Classmate and friend, Emily Magnus '88, writes about Cheri Walsh as we celebrate Cheri with the annual Nordic ski race in her honor. This is the final race of the Nordic Eastern Cup's regular race season. A fun winter tradition for almost three decades, young and old participate. At the end of the race, 48 male and female athletes will be named to this year's Junior National Championships.
LLBean encourages their customers to “Be an Outsider.” REI has an Instagram challenge, #OptOutside. Countless schools and environmental preservation organizations dedicate pages of their websites to outdoor activities, encouraging their readers to choose an adventure.
We are so proud of KC and her accomplishment of scoring her 1000th point while playing for Holderness. She hit the mark on our home court against Vermont Academy on January 17. For those who don’t know, scoring 1,000 basketball points is a significant feat for a high schooler and even more impressive as an eleventh grader. KC might be the first to indicate that hitting such a goal was the result of hard work, consistency, and the support of her coach and teammates.
Usually, Chris Davenport '89 is in the news because he's ripping new tracks or summiting another impressive peak. This month, however, in an article on REI's website, he shares his perspective on getting kids outside and keeping the adventures fun. Also included in the article, which focuses on raising adventurous kids, is some great advice from ultrarunner Anita Ortiz, who also happens to be the mom of Holderness Chinese teacher and running coach Amelia Ortiz.
This fall Carpenter once again came alive with the creative developments of our students. From ceramics to paints, photography to sculpture, students not only revealed their artistic skills but also their intellectual reflections. Here is just a small selection of some of their work.
Holderness School gathered for a final program in our two-day celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Director of Teaching and Learning Nicole Furlonge, PhD, shared a personal story about herself, identity, race, class, and family.
We concluded our time together with these words of learning from our two days of reflection and celebration of Dr. King:
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
All it takes for evil to win out is for good people to do nothing.
Our lives begin to end the moment we become silent about things that matter.
Holderness School honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But what does it mean to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Director of Equity and Inclusion, Jini Sparkman answers the question of how we honor Dr. King: “It means service. It means education. It means actively and intentionally working towards making our world a more equitable and inclusive place.”
Last week, one of America’s leading speakers on mental health, Mike Veny, spent a couple days on campus, speaking to students in both large and small groups. He paid particular attention to the boys on campus, acknowledging that when we do speak about mental health, it is often from the female perspective; Mike understands from personal experience how important the conversation about mental health from the male perspective is. Later Mike spoke to the whole school, and alumna Liesl Magnus ‘17 had this to report.
The Holderness community gathered together in the chapel on the first week back at school in the new year. Rev. Hill provided us with a brief explanation of why it is still Christmas and then shared from his own personal experience over the holiday season.
While the end of break was chilly in New Hampshire, it was nothing compared to the temperatures in Quebec! For the last five days of their vacation, the Holderness nordic team traveled to Mount Saint Anne in Quebec for double sessions of training, with temperatures hovering around zero for the duration.
“Landscape is a metaphor for life inside and out,” explains Margery Thomas-Mueller in the opening of her artist statement for the Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery. “It is where we walk, view, embrace our daily experiences of existence…The complexity that confronts our world daily, trying to uncover the dream beyond, that is the thicket I work at on paper.”