Every year our seniors engage in a capstone program known as Senior Thesis. This is a year long learning adventure examining a topic of their choice and is required of all students. They conduct research, write a literature review, engage in an experiential investigation regarding their topic, and present a TED-style talk to the community at the end of the year.
As Senior Thesis Director Sarah Barton states, "For some, digging into something that fascinates them is ideal. For others, the design of the class, with largely independent work, is hard." Next week, each senior will present their 20-minute talk on their essential question. Click on the following links to see their topics, posters, and the presentation schedule.
Anna Pollak '19 examined fear in athletic performances and made a podcast interviewing a few Holderness athletes. The podcast features Kathryn Potter '19, Joe Peletier '19, and Ebba Eneqvist '20. Enjoy this thoughtfully done podcast as an example of work done in a Senior Thesis.
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.