"I have learned how to be a leader. All of those qualities have been inside of me, but Holderness has really given me the opportunity to use my initiative to help the community."
What do you love about Holderness? I love the close-knit community we have on campus. Holderness is the best way to go through high school because you are going to school with your best friends every day. As soon as you arrive at campus you notice how genuinely nice the students here.
What sports do you play? Describe your favorite Holderness athletics memory. I row, I am now skiing on the varsity freestyle team in the winter, and I play varsity tennis in the spring. I used to play varsity hockey, but because of an injury, I have decided to stop. Nonetheless, I loved playing hockey because all of my friends would come out and watch you play. The school is quite small so everyone knows you, and everyone that comes out to support you is screaming your name and cheering you on. So it’s really a fun full family affair.
What classes do you take? What is your favorite class and why? My favorite class is AP Comparative Government. I love learning about how other countries are run and how those techniques can excel or set back your country. Especially during the election, I find it so interesting.
When you are not in class, where is your favorite place to go and why? I love hanging out with friends and going on walks with them. We are in a really beautiful part of New Hampshire. Although walking is simple, you can always see something so pretty or run into friends on campus.
What have you learned about yourself since coming to Holderness? I have learned how to be a leader. All of those qualities have been inside of me, but Holderness has really given me the opportunity to use my initiative to help the community. For all Holderness students, you are given these opportunities in the dorm, your job/ job crew, your sports team, and interacting with your fellow students. Our school really promotes leadership within the community and making you into a leader of your own life. This quality will help me in so many fields outside of the Holderness world, whether that be in my future job or in college.
Describe your most memorable Holderness community moment. One of my most memorable moments at Holderness is Saturday nights. During the week you are so busy, but on Saturday nights you are really able to relax. I love being able to hang out with friends that I don’t really get to see during the week. My friends and I will go run around campus and find stuff to do. We recently started to pick up skateboarding, so you could say we are the next Tony Hawk in the making.
Sophia Schwartz’s ‘09 wide-range of talents is on the big screen at the If3 International Ski Festival starting Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The film called Jack of all Trades is about her 2020 winter journey to complete three goals: land a double backflip, ski the Grand Teton, and ski the Jackson Hole Trifecta.
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