Nine Holderness School student-athletes committed to play competitive college athletics on Wednesday, May 4. 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.
The freeski season starts after Thanksgiving break and ends in early March. Practices at Loon Mountain occur Monday through Friday when school is in session, and prep school slopestyle competitions are held on Wednesdays in January and February throughout the Lakes Region.
Today, cross training is the name of the game, so athletes become familiar with all aspects of the sport. While our prep school competitions are limited to giant slalom and slopestyle, athletes also spend time learning about half pipe and snowboard cross events.
The mission of the varsity team is to help develop novice and intermediate athletes into strong, all-mountain and park skiers and riders with broad fundamental skills. Safety, fun, and learning are at the core of everything this team does.
In a moving show of support for a teammate who lost his father to cancer at the beginning of the school year, all 29 members of the Holderness boys varsity lacrosse team shaved their heads to raise nearly $30,000 for the Sarcoma Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
There is no terrain too rugged, race too long, mountain too high, climate too severe, or obstacle too difficult to keep Mirna Valerio from feeling the power of her body and using movement as a form of liberation and wellness. In her New York Times bestselling book, A Beautiful Work in Progress, Valerio writes, “This body isn’t meant to be stagnant or cease moving. When we stop moving in mind, body, and spirit, we stop learning. When we stop learning, we stop living. Therefore, when we stop moving, we stop living. We stop evolving toward being the human we are destined to be.” This is the message she carried to Holderness School these past few days.
Holderness School is pleased to announce that Annie Smyth-Hammond ’16 will join the Admission Office as Assistant Director of Admission as well as serve as Head Coach for the Girls Varsity Ice Hockey team.
Following an historic 23-3-3 season that saw the Holderness School Boys Varsity Hockey secure their first-ever selection to the Elite Eight, New England prep school hockey’s most competitive tournament, it’s no surprise that Head Coach Alan Thompson ’04 has been selected as Neutral Zone’s Prep Hockey Coach of the Year Runner-Up.
On the heels of a series of strong showings at regional races, an incredible number of Holderness School skiers have qualified for state, national, and international competitions.