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Holderness News

2017

  • May

    Athletes of the Week: Abby Vieira and Reese Thompson

    Chrissy Lushefski
    The Athletes of the Week are nominated by team captains and coaches. The athletes who are chosen model good sportsmanship, leadership, and strong effort. They are not interested in individual awards or personal records, but are passionate about progress, resilience, and the success of the team.
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  • Senior Slideshow

    Michelle Wood
    Last night the student body gathered to view the Senior Slideshow in honor of the graduating seniors. Liesl Magnus '17 put the slideshow together, taking all of the current pictures. A big shout out to senior parents who helped Liesl by sending young photos of their children! Watch the slideshow here: Senior Slideshow


    For more information about commencement click here.
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  • Alumni Speech to the Class of 2017

    Andrew Sheppe
    Last week after family-style dinner, all graduating seniors gathered in the East Wing for dessert followed by a pinning ceremony welcoming them as the newest members of the Holderness School Alumni Association. Mr. Andrew Sheppe '00 imparted his advice to the departing students. Read his speech below:
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  • Navy Women's Rowing Team

    Grace Lawrence '16 Selected for the Navy Rowing All-Patriot League Second Team

    Chrissy Lushefski
    Grace Lawrence '16 was recently selected for the Navy Rowing All-Patriot League Second Team after the team won the 2017 league championship. Congratulations Grace! Read more about Grace and the team here: http://m.navysports.com/m/sports/w-rowing/spec-rel/051717aaa.html
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  • Chicago Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer ’92 to Speak at Commencement

    Emily Magnus
    It is with great pleasure that Holderness School announces that Jed Hoyer, Executive Vice President/GM of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs, will be the graduation speaker at the 138th Commencement ceremonies on May 28, 2017.
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  • Chapel Talks by Nick Grammas and Ben Jerome

    Last week in Chapel we heard from President-Elect Nick Grammas and Vice President-Elect Ben Jerome in their first speeches to the community. Read their speeches here: 
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  • Who Was Your Inspiration?

    As Teacher Appreciation Week comes to a close, we look back at all the teachers of Holderness. Who do you remember? Who had the biggest impact on your life? What were their words of wisdom that still guide your decisions? Here's a look back through history at just some of the great ones!
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  • The Teaching and Learning Journey

    Suzanne Dewey
    Thought leader, educator and trustee Kevin Mattingly, PhD along with Director for Teaching and Learning Nicole Furlonge, PhD, discuss best practices in teaching today and what that means for the Holderness learner.
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  • Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

    We’re excited to formally celebrate the dedication and selflessness of our amazing teachers here at Holderness this week. We couldn't think of a better time to re-post this video showcasing a few of our faculty members and what they love about teaching.

    A big thank you to ALL of our teachers for everything you do!

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  • Ben Coleman '14

    Ben Coleman '14 Finding Success for the Colby Mules

    Chrissy Lushefski
    As a junior for the Colby Mens' Baseball team, Ben Coleman '14 has achieved some impressive statistics. Keep up the good work Ben! Read more about him here: http://gocolbymules.com/sports/bsb/2016-17/releases/baseball5-3-17
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  • Announcing the 2017-18 Student Leaders

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  • Final Chapel Talks by Brooke Hayes'17 and Celine Yam'17

    In addition to announcing the new student leaders in chapel this week, we heard from President Brooke Hayes and Vice President Celine Yam in their last speeches to the community.
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  • Athletes of the Week: Lila Schibli and Carter Storey

    Chrissy Lushefski
    The Athletes of the Week are nominated by team captains and coaches. The athletes who are chosen model good sportsmanship, leadership, and strong effort. They are not interested in individual awards or personal records, but are passionate about progress, resilience, and the success of the team.
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  • Holderness students participate in Model UN

    Emily Magnus
    Earlier this spring, sixteen students from Holderness attended a two-day Model United Nations at Plymouth State University. They joined other students from around New Hampshire to discuss current issues and real-world events.
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  • April

    Ms. Weymouth, Abby '18 and Perry '17

    Mental Health Awareness

    Suzanne Dewey
    Mental Health Awareness month takes place during May. Holderness School focused on education and resources last week culminating in a school-wide awareness and fund-raising event held under the lights on the turf field.
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  • The Value of Multi-sport Participation

    Suzanne Dewey
    Students at Holderness are encouraged to play multiple sports. This philosophy is backed by research and many professional athletes advocate the value of a multi-sport approach to competitive play.
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  • Athletes of the Week: Nolan Sullivan and Karina Bladon

    Chrissy Lushefski
    The Athletes of the Week are nominated by team captains and coaches. The athletes who are chosen model good sportsmanship, leadership, and strong effort. They are not interested in individual awards or personal records, but are passionate about progress, resilience, and the success of the team.
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  • The Making of a Leader

    Suzanne Dewey
    Following a 67 year tradition, the Holderness community gathered recently to determine next year's student leaders. The time-tested process reflects an other-centeredness philosophy that permeates the Holderness culture. (Photo: the original student letter authorizing the voting process, May 1950.)
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  • Photo By: Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos

    Holderness Alum Fabian Stocek '13 and the Nordic Program make Dartmouth Headlines

    Michelle Wood
    An article recently published in The Dartmouth spotlights the journey of Holderness Alum Fabian Stocek '13 to becoming an accomplished Nordic skier. In the article, Fabian credits Head of School Phil Peck's "influence, as well as the tremendous research opportunities available to undergraduates, as the most significant factors in his decision to attend Dartmouth." 

    Read the article here
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  • Gallery Displays Photographs by Jake Norton ’92

    Emily Magnus
    Every spring exhibit in the Edwards Art Gallery is reserved for alumni artwork. This year is no exception. On April 14, Jake Norton '92 will be returning to Holderness to share with us a collection of his photographs from around the world. Please join us for the opening reception!
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  • An Exploration of Art History Through Sketching

    Michelle Wood
    In Kelsey Berry’s Art History class, students were asked to recreate a famous work of art in their own artistic expression. Through several assignments and a visit to the Boston MFA, the students gained perspective on a different way to study art--sketching. Follow the students' creative process in the video below.
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  • March

    Winter Athletic Award Recipients

    Winter Athletes Honored at Ceremony

    Emily Magnus
    Although it is officially spring, there are still some Holderness athletes who are finishing their winter sports season. Next week several snowboarders and freeskiers will be headed out West for their final competitions. We wish them the best of luck! Meanwhile, we are also looking back on last season; here's a summary of what some of our athletes accomplished. To view pictures from the awards ceremony in March, click here.
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  • Quarter Three Honor Roll Announced

    Emily Magnus
    Congratulations to all the students who made the Holderness School Honor Roll for the third quarter!
    Honor Roll
    Effort Honor Roll
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  • Artward Bound dance performance

    Experiential Learning the Holderness Way

    Phil Peck
    As the senior class explores experiential learning via their individual senior thesis endeavors, the ninth, tenth and eleventh grades enjoyed thier own March experiences. For the past two weeks, segmented by grade, students and faculty embarked upon experiential learning adventures -- learning by serving others; learning to take risks via creative exploration; and learning about the outdoors, oneself and others while hiking and camping in the White Mountains. At the end of this period, the community gathered in the chapel to hear a reflection by Head of School Phil Peck.

    Also explore the slide show for Project Outreach, Artward Bound and Out Back.
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  • Special Programs 2017

    Michelle Wood
    Special Programs always require a certain amount of courage from our students, but this year required even more! The snowstorm and high winds this past week challenged all of our students to dig deep! And with overwhelming numbers, they rose to the occasion. Thanks to all who support Holderness School's Special Programs and make them a success every year!
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  • The Wings Project

    Michelle Wood
    During Artward Bound 2017, several students collaborated on the creation of two sets of colorful wings that will hang in the tunnels leading to Bartsch and the east side of campus, reminding us all to spread our wings and fly!
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  • Applying Critical Thinking

    Suzanne Dewey
    Math teacher, Dr. John Donovan's article in Mathematics Teacher portrays the power of visual imagery and the potential for misrepresentation. In a clear and forthright analysis, Dr. Donovan demonstrates the value of critical thinking in everyday considerations.
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  • Febo performing at Holderness last winter

    Artward Bound Public Performances

    Emily Magnus
    Artward Bound (AB) provides Holderness students with many opportunities to work on their own creative projects. But the same artists-in-residence who work with them also perform in the evenings. During AB we open our doors and invite the public to join us during these performances.  This year in particular we are excited to welcome a great local band, an accomplished slam poet, and several improv actors all the way from Chicago. We hope you’ll join us! All performances are in the theater in Hagerman.
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  • Giving Back: the Day of Giving

    Angel Collarusso
    At Holderness, giving back is an every day occurrence. So it's no surprise that when the Holderness Day of Giving took place a little over a week ago, everyone was ready to give.
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  • February

    Boys' Hockey to Play in NEPSAC Championship

    Emily Magnus
    Congratulations to our boy's hockey team! On Wednesday they will be playing New Hampton in the quarterfinal round of the NEPSAC championship.
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  • Cheering at the finish line.

    Girls' Nordic Team Earns NEPSAC Title!

    Peter Durnan
    The boys' and girls' Nordic NEPSAC Championships were held Wednesday, February 22 at Vermont Academy. Some of the schools competing included Andover, Cardigan Mountain, Dublin, Gould, Holderness NMH, Proctor, St. Paul's School, and Vermont Academy. The Holderness girls' team earned the NEPSAC title. The boys' team came in 4th place. It was beautiful spring-like skiing with many of the racers in shorts and t-shirts. In the morning the skiers had a classic 5K race. In the afternoon, a 3K freestyle sprint relay was held. Academic Dean and Nordic coach, Peter Durnan writes about the girls relay and the win below.
     
     
     
     
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  • Dougie DeLuca '16 and Sean Robinson '16 chosen for the All-MacConnell Divison team for Babson Men's Alpine Skiing

    Chrissy Lushefski
    As first-year racers for Babson Mens' Alpine Skiing, Dougie DeLuca '16 and Sean Robinson '16 were both chosen for the All-MacConnell Divison team. Congratulations Dougie and Sean! Read more about them here: http://www.babsonathletics.com/sports/m-skiing/2016-17/releases/20170217cpvl22 
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  • Signing the honor code.

    Living Together Honorably

    Brooke Hayes'17, Celine Yam'17 and Kathy Weymouth
    The Honor Code at Holderness guides our behavior and asks each individual (student, faculty and staff) to build community by choosing honorable behavior in all facets of our experiences. The school started this academic year by discussing the Honor Code with each student signing a pledge. The community recently gathered together in the Chapel to publically sign the Code as a commitment to oneself and to the community overall. The creation and adoption of an honor code articulates behavioral integrity while setting a cultural standard with clear expectations.
     
    School leaders, Brooke Hayes’17 and Celine Yam’17 offered the following reflection. Dean of Students Kathy Weymouth concludes with additional remarks.
     
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  • Athletes of the Week: Kelly Qian, Cole Potter, and Yifu Mu

    Chrissy Lushefski
    The Athletes of the Week are nominated by team captains and coaches. The athletes who are chosen model good sportsmanship, leadership, and strong effort. They are not interested in individual awards or personal records, but are passionate about progress, resilience, and the success of the team. 
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  • Student Earns Position in State Final for Poetry

    Suzanne Dewey
    For nine years, Holderness students participated in the Poetry Out Loud competition on a school-wide basis. Only once in those nine years, has a student moved from the regional level onto the New Hampshire State competition until now. Congratulations to Eleni Spillotes '20 who will be competing at the New Hampshire competition on March 10th. This story is updated with Eleni's news but also tells the detail of the school-wide competition held earlier in February.
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  • Cheri Walsh Eastern Cup Race at Holderness School

    Michelle Wood
    The annual Cheri Walsh Eastern Cup occurred this year amid a string of snow storms that left us buried under 3 feet of beautiful powder! While this may have kept some spectators away, it didn't keep the skiers from enjoying the rigorous climbs and ripping downhills on the Holderness Nordic trails. Thanks to everyone who participated, cheered, coached, and supported this event!
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  • Eli Misavage '20 just before leading the lollipoppers around their race course

    Holderness Hosts Nordic Eastern Cup

    Emily Magnus
    The annual Cheri Walsh Eastern Cup occurred this year amid a string of snow storms that left us buried under 3 feet of beautiful powder! While this may have kept some spectators away, it didn't keep the skiers from enjoying the rigorous climbs and ripping downhills on the Holderness Nordic trails. Thanks to everyone who participated, cheered, coached, and supported this event! Here's a little video that catches the highlights of the day. Oh, and check out the Holderness Nordic Blog for more about this amazing program.
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  • Holderness Day of Giving

    Suzanne Dewey
    Today is Holderness Day of Giving. One day of sharing the Holderness love. Check out the video of our community celebrating #HoldernessLove.
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  • Karina Bladon '17 to Attend Junior Worlds

    Emily Magnus
    Karina Bladon '17 has been training hard all year to build her strength and speed, and it's paid off. This week she is headed to the Czech Republic to compete in the Junior World Championships in parallel slalom snowboarding! Click below to read an interview with her.
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  • Photo of author held by Los Angeles marchers

    Political Thinking from The Picador

    Morgan Coleman
    The recent issue of The Picador held good information about our new United States presidential administration and some resulting viewpoints. Below are previews of three articles written by Picador staff members.
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  • Cheri, bottom left, with her Out Back group

    Remembering Cheri Walsh '88

    Emily Magnus
    The Cheri Walsh Memorial Race is Sunday, February 12

    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.


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  • Poetry Out Loud

    Suzanne Dewey
    Experiential Learning Via Public Speaking

    For almost a decade, Holderness School has been participating in the national Poetry Out Loud recitation contest. Every year the students' passion for poetry builds and the recitations stick with us long after the contest is over.
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  • Holderness Leaders in Outdoor Education

    Emily Magnus
    When was the first time you became viserally aware of the natural world? Do you remember the first mountain you hiked? When was the last time you were alone in the wilderness? Holderness School alumni and current students have long tested their skills and strength in the mountains. Read on to find out more about some of our most famous mountain athletes.
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  • Adding blue and white MandMs to the giant jar, but filling it up only part way.

    The Importance of Giving

    Kim Merrow
    What Do 9,536 M&Ms and Gifts to Holderness Have in Common?

    Last Thursday in Assembly the Advancement team led an interactive presentation about the importance of gifts to Holderness and our upcoming Day of Giving, our annual 18-hour giving challenge to raise support for Holderness, happening on February 15! Last year we raised over $188,000 from 727 donors and hope to surpass that this year.
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  • January

    Athletes of the Week: Jerry Wang and Kathy Liech

    Chrissy Lushefski
    The Athletes of the Week are nominated by team captains and coaches. The athletes who are chosen model good sportsmanship, leadership, and strong effort. They are not interested in individual awards or personal records, but are passionate about progress, resilience, and the success of the team. 
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  • Julia Ford '08 and Ivar Dahl

    Cooperative Training with the US Ski Team

    Emily Magnus
    What's the impact of Mittersill on the Holderness Ski Team? We sat down with Director of Snow Sports Ivar Dahl and Sochi Olympian Julia Ford '08 to find out! Here's a link to our interview with them: https://youtu.be/BficGcjSPmw. Oh, and thanks to all the students who provided footage of their runs on the new trails!
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  • Gavin Bayreuther '12

    Gavin Bayreuther '12 Selected for the 2016-17 Senior CLASS Award

    Chrissy Lushefski
    Gavin Bayreuther '12 was selected as a candidate for the 2016-17 Senior CLASS Award for notable achievements in community, classroom, character, and competition. CLASS stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. Read more about Bayreuther's successes here: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20170125/SPORTS16/170129573/0/FRONTPAGE 
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  • Nigel Furlonge Sharing His Reflections on MLK

    A Chapel Talk: The Legacy of Dr. King

    Nigel Furlonge
    Last Tuesday in Chapel Mr. Furlonge spoke about our collective memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and shared with us additional stories about him that are not as well known.
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  • Athletes of the Week: Kahlyriah Carter and Sukhmail Mathon

    Chrissy Lushefski
    The Athletes of the Week are nominated by team captains and coaches. The athletes who are chosen model good sportsmanship, leadership, and strong effort. They are not interested in individual awards or personal records, but are passionate about progress, resilience, and the success of the team. 
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  • Five Things To Know About Equity Education

    Jini Sparkman
    On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Director of Equity and Inclusion Jini Sparkman organized a teach-in. Teachers throughout campus offered one-day classes that honored the ideals and legacy of Dr. King. Here is the schedule of topics that teachers from science to math to English chose to discuss, and below is Ms. Sparkman's reflections on why days like Monday are so important.
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  • What Will You Sit-in For?

    Jini Sparkman
    Last Thursday evening in Chapel, Director of Equity and Inclusion Jini Sparkman and junior Darielle Matthews shared with us their experiences at the Center for Human and Civil Rights in Atlanta, GA. They also talked about the Teach-in that will be held on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King.
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  • Red Contour by Liz Howe

    Exploring Themes of Permanence and Decay

    Emily Magnus
    On Friday, January 13, the Edwards Art Gallery celebrates the opening of a new exhibit: "Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture: Liz Howe & Don Williams." We invite our friends and family to come see for themselves the works of these accomplished artists.
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  • Predicting the future of Jed Hoyer '92

    During his senior year, Jed Hoyer '92 was assigned the task of looking 20 or 30 years into the future to predict what he would be doing. Nearly 25 years later, he has done exactly what he hoped he would do--be the general manager of the Boston Red Sox--and more! Here's a great article from the NEPSAC website about his time at Holderness and the hard work, and luck, that got him to the World Series three times in thirteen years.
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  • Jesus Sanchez '13 Scores His 1000th Career Point

    Chrissy Lushefski
    Jesus Sanchez '13 is currently a senior on the Men's Basketball team at Westfield State University, and recently scored his 1000th career point. Congratulations Jesus! Read more about Jesus and the Owl's victory here: http://westfieldstateowls.com/news/2017/1/5/mens-basketball-jesus-sanchez-scores-1000th-career-point.aspx 
     
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  • Quarter Two Honor Roll Announced!

    Emily Magnus
    Congratulations to all the students who made the Holderness School Honor Roll for the second quarter!
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