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Holderness News

2021

  • November

    Holderness Student-Athletes Compete in Indoor Junior Lacrosse World Championships

    Greg Kwasnik
    Two Holderness student-athletes recently competed in the International Indoor Junior Lacrosse World U15 and U17 Championships, taking home silver and bronze medals for Team USA.
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  • Happy Thanksgiving from Holderness

    Holderness has had an amazing fall and we have so much to be thankful for – the continued good health of this community, the dedication of the Davis Center, just being able to return to a school year that feels like normal and so much more.
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  • Winter Starts Now: Holderness Skiers Appear in Latest Warren Miller Film

    Greg Kwasnik
    Winter hasn’t even begun, but three Holderness skiers are already ripping turns across the country. How? They’re featured in Warren Miller Entertainment’s latest film, “Winter Starts Now.
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  • Student-Athletes Commit to College Athletics

    Ten Holderness School student-athletes committed to play competitive college athletics on Wednesday, November 10.  These students represent some of the top athletic talent in New Hampshire and New England and are testaments to Holderness School’s culture of academic and athletic excellence.
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  • Mittersill Performance Center Ready for Winter

    Andrew Herring
    Holderness skiers have reason to celebrate this winter with the recent completion of the Mittersill Performance Center, a 9,200 square foot lodge at the base of Mittersill Slopes at Cannon Mountain. Designed by architect Evan Mullen ‘00, the lodge features dedicated space for alpine ski racing and training and includes ample gear storage, video review rooms, coaches’ offices, and ski tuning rooms.
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  • October

    Dedication Ceremony Makes it Official: The Davis Center Elevates Academics

    Andrew Herring
    Overlooking sweeping views of Stinson Mountain, the Holderness School community assembled on October 23 on the new Academic Quad to officially dedicate the Davis Center, a new 35,000 square foot academic facility that is home to the school’s math and science departments.
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  • Renovations Begin on School's Auditorium, Classrooms

    Andrew Herring
    With this summer’s completion of the Davis Center, Holderness School’s new 35,000 square foot math and science building, renovations have begun on Hagerman Center, home to the school’s auditorium as well as several classrooms and science labs.
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  • Edwards Art Gallery hosts Samuel Bak's WITNESS

    Joseph Sywenkyj
    The Edwards Art Gallery is honored to host Samuel Bak's WITNESS. A childhood destroyed by Nazi occupation, Bak's work is suffused with symbols and metaphors based on real life experiences of unimaginable sorrow, pain and loss as Bak addresses the Holocaust, faith, Jewish culture, and justice. In addition to viewing WITNESS throughout the fall, students will have the opportunity to meet with Samuel Bak and discuss the depth and resonance of his work.
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  • September

    Mountains and Rivers Without End: Another Epic Mountain Day

    Greg Kwasnik
    How much does Holderness School love the outdoors? Enough for students and faculty to spend an entire day each fall – Mountain Day – climbing mountains, paddling rivers, and scaling rock faces throughout New Hampshire’s rugged White Mountains.
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  • Holderness Welcomes New Sustainability Coordinator

    Greg Kwasnik
    It’s a hot August morning on the Holderness campus, and Elizabeth McClellan has a lot on her mind.
     
    The summer sky, hazy from wildfires burning thousands of miles away in California and other western states, hints at a future dimmed by the widespread effects of climate change. Just a week ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report warning of “irreversible” warming in the coming decades, regardless of any future reduction in carbon emissions.
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  • A New School Year Has Begun!

    Greg Kwasnik
    Holderness School is excited to begin the 2021-22 school year with its largest student body in the school’s 143-year history, and its largest ninth grade class ever.
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  • August

    Holderness Welcomes New Faculty

    Greg Kwasnik
    While we can’t wait to welcome students back to campus this fall, we’re just as excited to welcome a new class of faculty to the Holderness community. This year, we’ll meet a new dean of students, several classroom teachers, a new assistant athletic director, strength and conditioning coach, and an interim chaplain. Let’s take a minute to get to know our newest Holderness educators.
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  • Rev. Abby VanderBrug Named Interim Chaplain

    Greg Kwasnik
    Holderness School is pleased to announce the hiring of the Rev. Abby VanderBrug as the school’s new interim chaplain. 
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  • Holderness Alum to Compete in 2020 Paralympic Games

    Greg Kwasnik
    The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games may have ended a few weeks ago, but one Holderness alum is gearing up to compete in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo later this week.
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  • Tarun Shetty ‘97 | From Holderness to Hollywood

    Greg Kwasnik
    When Tarun Shetty ’97 was in Norm Walker’s English class at Holderness, he told his teacher that he wanted to become a writer. Mr. Walker, the legendary teacher and football coach, must have seen something special in his young student. “He said, ‘You should be funny, too – figure out how to do that,’” Tarun recalls more than two decades later. It would end up being important advice. “Nobody had ever said that to me,” Tarun says. “I took that to heart and said ‘Maybe I can do this.’ I just started trying to honor that human spirit, just to see where it took me.”
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  • July

    Penny For Your Thoughts

    Greg Kwasnik
    It’s probably safe to assume that when Karen Penny decided to pursue a career in healthcare, she never imagined a scenario in which she would have to send hundreds of vials of saliva through the mail, every single week.
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  • Holderness Names New Dean Of Students

    Greg Kwasnik
    Whether they’re learning how to live in a dorm, enduring discomfort on Out Back, or just watching their teachers go about their lives on campus, students at a boarding school learn countless important lessons outside the classroom.
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  • No snow? No problem! Air Bag lets Holderness Skiers Flip, Spin, and Grab All Summer Long!

    Greg Kwasnik
    It’s the height of summer in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, but our student-athletes are still skiing and snowboarding thanks to Holderness School’s innovative new air bag jump.
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  • June

    Announcing the Next Head of Holderness School

    Nell Reynolds
    It is with great joy on behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Search Task Force that we announce the appointment of John McVeigh as the 10th Holderness Head of School beginning July 1, 2022. After an incredibly rewarding and validating search that involved nearly 200 deeply talented and qualified candidates from across the country and around the world, we have the utmost confidence that we have found the individual that will best succeed Phil Peck.
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  • All-School Summer Read Announced

    After much consideration, we are pleased to announce the winners of this year's All-School Summer Reading Contest! Just like last summer, we have selected two books - so please feel free to read either, or both.
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  • Kathy Liech ’18 & Ellie Batchelder ’18 Awarded Rev. B. W. “Pete” Woodward, Jr. Prize

    Phil Peck
    The Rev. B. W. “Pete” Woodward, Jr. Prize is given in recognition of a Holderness graduate in their junior year of college for academic performance, exceptional leadership and contributions made to their college community. 

    This year we have the honor of awarding this prize to two outstanding and deserving recipients.
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  • May

    Congratulations to the Class of 2021!  

    Celebrating its 142nd Commencement, Holderness School hosted an unforgettable on-campus, in-person to honor the remarkable and resilient Class of 2021.  Due in large part to the hard work and foresight of the school’s COVID-19 response, graduates were able to receive their diplomas with handshakes and smiles, all while surrounded by family and united by the strong bonds of the Holderness School community.  
     
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  • Holderness Celebrates Academic Achievement, Community Contribution

    Andrew Herring
    Holderness School’s community gathered on Livermore Common on Sunday, May 16 to celebrate Prize Day and honor the personal growth, community contribution, and intellectual grit shown by our students.
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  • Burgwell “Burgie” Howard ’82 – Our 142nd Commencement Speaker

    Greg Kwasnik
    Burgwell “Burgie” Howard ’82, Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Student Engagement at Yale University and Holderness School trustee, will speak at the school’s 142nd Commencement on May 23, 2021.
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  • Graduating Artists Share Their Final Work

    Thea Dodds
    The arts are a critical pillar of any high school education and for some it becomes a guiding light, often to those who don’t even expect that themselves. Jobe Gemmell-Hughes ‘21, Abby Palmer ‘21, and Gracie Roe ‘21 all won scholastic awards this year for their art and placed in a juried show at the AVA Gallery. In their final weeks at Holderness, they are hanging a show in the Weld Dining Hall and we asked them to reflect on their time in the Holderness Art Department.
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  • April

    Holderness Students Champion LGBTQ+ Youth on Day of Silence

    Thea Dodds
    The Aliance Club sponsored the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) Day of Silence this past Friday. This is a student-led national event where students and teachers take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ+ people at schools. Members of the Holderness community filled hallways and paths dressed in red and silent.
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  • Student-Athletes Commit to Play at the Next Level

    Andrew Herring
    Nine Holderness School student-athletes committed to play competitive college athletics on Tuesday, April 20.  These students represent some of the top athletic talent in New Hampshire and New England and are testaments to Holderness School’s culture of academic and athletic excellence.
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  • Holderness Set to Begin Major Nordic, Turf Field Projects

    Greg Kwasnik
    Just as Holderness School nears completion on its new 35,000 square-foot math and science building this spring, the school is set to embark on a series of transformative upgrades to its Nordic trails and athletic fields.
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  • Spring Ahead With Saturday Programming

    Greg Kwasnik
    When the COVID-19 pandemic struck last spring, educators knew the following school year would pose unprecedented challenges for students and faculty. That concern prompted Holderness to forego regular Saturday morning classes - at least for the 2020-21 school year – in favor of programming that supported students’ social and emotional wellbeing.
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  • Holderness Students Ages 16+ Get COVID-19 Vaccine

    Greg Kwasnik
    The state of New Hampshire currently has one of the highest vaccination rates against COVID-19 in the country. This week, several dozen Holderness School students will be added to that total.
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  • Holderness Names New Dean of Students

    Greg Kwasnik
    After an extensive search, Holderness School is pleased to announce the hiring of Mb Duckett Ireland as the school’s new Dean of Students.
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  • Holderness Art Students Win Three of Six Categories in the 2021 AVA High School Juried Exhibit

    Thea Dodds
    Holderness School is excited to announce that its students have won three of six categories in the 2021 AVA High School Juried Exhibit, placing them among the avant-garde of New Hampshire high school artists.
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  • March

    Holderness Students Accepted to Nearly 150 Colleges and Universities

    Greg Kwasnik
    Applying to college has always required students to face the unknown – and that was before the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything. For this year’s crop of Holderness seniors, applying to college has been an unprecedented exercise in adapting to a changed world. From virtual college tours to Zoom interviews with admission officers, today’s seniors had to overcome many challenges to find the right college fit. With college decisions now arriving in student mailboxes (and inboxes), we wanted to talk with Holderness School’s Interim Director of College Counseling Erika Blauth about the many challenges - and opportunities - that our college-bound seniors faced over the last year.
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  • Third Quarter Honor Roll

    The Honor Roll recognizes and commends outstanding achievement and effort in the academic program. Holderness School recognizes that each student's growth and progress is complex. Quarterly comments written by faculty better reflect the unique path traveled by each student, and the Honor Roll and Effort Honor Roll are simplified but significant markers of the engagement of our students in the most recent marking interval.
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  • Standing with the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Community

    Phil Peck
    It is with profound sorrow that I write this message.  The recent shooting in Atlanta and the sharp rise in violence against Asian Americans is heart-wrenching, unacceptable, and inconsistent with the values of this nation and of Holderness School. We condemn these senseless acts of violence and racism, and we stand in solidarity with the victims of these crimes, the Asian American community, and our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, colleagues, alumni, and community members.
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  • New Whitewater Kayaking Team Starting Spring '21

    Greg Kwasnik
    This spring, students can swap their skis for a paddle and personal flotation device, because the school is launching a new whitewater kayaking team. 
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  • February

    Celebrating Black History: February is Just a Start

    Greg Kwasnik
    February is Black History Month, and students in Holderness School’s new Culture and Justice Club have used that time to spark the community’s awareness and appreciation of Black history, excellence, and culture.
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  • Holderness Wins AP Computer Science Award

    Greg Kwasnik
    Holderness School has earned the College Board’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding access to AP Computer Science A - one of only 232 schools in the country to receive such an award.
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  • Student Magazine Wins National Award

    Greg Kwasnik
    Despite a number of editorial challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Holderness School’s literary and visual arts magazine, Mosaic, recently took home a top award from the 2020 Scholastic Yearbook and Magazine Awards.
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  • The Intersection of Lunar New Year and Black History Month

    Marilee Lin
    Happy Lunar New Year!

    Best wishes to all of our students who celebrate this most important of Asian holidays. May this Year of the Ox 🐂 be filled with happiness, good health, and prosperity.
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  • A Day of Giving Record -- 1600+ Donors

    Phil Peck
    I am in awe of the outpouring of support during yesterday’s Day of Giving. More than 1600 donors – a record – contributed over $640,000 to support the Holderness Experience.  Talk about making an immediate impact! This, our 7th Annual Day of Giving, was our most successful yet because of you!
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  • Day of Giving is Feb. 16, 2021

    Every February, we dedicate one entire day to raising money for the Holderness Fund. Day of Giving is essential to ensuring the transformational Holderness Experience for current students.  Gifts on Day of Giving are immediately put to use to cover student scholarships, teacher salaries, special programs, and numerous essentials.
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  • January

    The People's Choice: Abby Vieira '20

    Greg Kwasnik
    Nearly a year after becoming the first athlete to compete for Trinidad and Tobago in the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland, Abby Vieira ’20, has been named Junior Sportswoman of the Year and People’s Choice Award winner by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee.
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  • More than hope. It is time for truth and justice

    Jini Sparkman
    So often on the day designated to honor the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we focus on our needs--the things that make us feel good. We look to his speeches for hope, to be inspired, to seek out motivational quotations for social media. But this use of Dr. King’s legacy and words to comfort and inspire is, in my personal opinion, a bastardization of his legacy--of the very real complex person he was and the radical vision he had for us. A vision of justice and accountability that could only result in radical change. Dr. King was a radical for racial justice, economic justice, democratic socialism, and demilitarization. I would even purport that, as a white person, my white community has shifted the legacy of a hero of civil and human rights to serve our purpose rather than the purpose of justice. And it was ultimately liberty and justice that was the goal of the work of Dr. King.
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  • Art in the Era of COVID-19

    Thea Dodds
    COVID-19 has provided many challenges for all of us in more ways than we can count.  One opportunity we've seen in this challenge is that it demands us all to be more creative and one place that was most apparent this fall was in the Holderness Art Department.
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  • An Academic Schedule Built For Winter

    Greg Kwasnik
    With world-class ski resorts just a short drive away, plus 20 kilometers of Nordic ski trails and an outdoor ice rink on campus, Holderness School seems like it was built for winter. The same can be said of the school’s new winter schedule, which was redesigned to help students thrive amid the challenges of cold weather, short days, and ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
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  • Head of School Phil Peck Announces June 2022 Retirement

    Dear Holderness Community,

    It is with profound gratitude that I share I will be retiring in June 2022.  As Board Chair Nell Reynolds, the board, and I have discussed, the timing feels perfect for Holderness and for Robin and me. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to retire at this time, but I am also thankful to have another 18 months to serve Holderness.
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  • 2nd QUARTER HONOR ROLL

    The Honor Roll recognizes and commends outstanding achievement and effort in the academic program. Holderness School recognizes that each student's growth and progress is complex. Quarterly comments written by faculty better reflect the unique path traveled by each student, and the Honor Roll and Effort Honor Roll are simplified but significant markers of the engagement of our students in the most recent marking interval.

    Download the Honor Roll & Excellent Effort Honor Roll
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Head of School, Phil Peck, has been documenting the daily life of Holderness School one photo at a time since 2001, highlighting teaching moments, inspirational chapels, Head’s Day shenanigans, service projects, and more.
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