Holderness prides itself on safe risk-taking. The school works to create an environment where you can try something new, possibly fail, possibly succeed, and definitely learn. Holderness has teams and athletes who reach the highest levels of competition and we also have teams and students who are learning how to compete, even learning how to play a sport. Such is the case with Quang Minh Do '19. He didn't even know how to skate when he arrived on-campus two years ago. He started managing the boys JV hockey team but an opportunity presented itself and Quang rose to the challenge.
February 14th, 2018, the Holderness boys’ JV hockey team headed off to Berwick Academy to take on the Bulldogs. Unfortunately, a misplaced contact lens would render starting (and only) goalie Sergio Yap ‘19 unable to play. As the team scrambled to find a solution, not wanting to forfeit, it became apparent who was going to have to step up. On a team already hard-pressed by injuries and illness, team manager Quang Minh Do ‘19 was asked to strap on the pads. Having only learned to skate earlier that winter, it was a lot to ask of the eleventh-grader who, on occasion, had filled in as a second goalie for the team during practices. Quang did not let the team down. While the game did not go in the Bulls’ favor, Quang managed to post an impressive 26 saves in his competitive hockey debut.
Fast forward twelve months, and Quang Do is no longer the manager and has been playing the role of backup goalie once again. Due to an injury to starting goalie Sergio Yap, Quang has taken on the number one spot on the depth chart and has posted a 3-2-0 record this season, highlighted by a game against Cardigan Mountain School on January 23. The team trailed 4-0 when Quang was called in to relieve Sergio midway through the second period. Quang went on to post a shutout the rest of the way, recording 12 saves as the team rallied around him to score six consecutive goals and lead the Bulls to a win, Quang’s first win of his Holderness hockey career. With Sergio sidelined for the rest of the season, the once-manager-now-starting goalie will step between the pipes for two more starts as he plays out the last chapter of a most improbable Holderness hockey career.
Albert Bierstadt, the German-American painter renowned for his landscapes of the American West, came to the White Mountains to capture its simple yet overwhelming beauty. What came to life through nearly a decade’s worth of work was The Emerald Pool, a massive oil-on-canvas monument to the natural majesty of a hidden swimming hole along the Peabody River in the Pinkham Notch. Recounting The Emerald Pool, Bierstadt said, “I never had so difficult a picture to paint, as this White Mountain subject the Emerald Pool; my artist friends think it my best picture and so do I.”
At Holderness we deliberately build community through the people we bring in and programs we support. Today I want to share one story about people who showed us what it means to be a mission-centered community and talk about one unique program that is hitting a milestone.
Kicking off its 141st year, Holderness School welcomed new students to campus on September 5th. Under blue skies and surrounded by the cheers of joyful Senior Leaders, 114 new students eagerly joined the Holderness School community. The day was filled with smiles as new students and families unpacked their cars and turned dorm rooms into a home away from home.