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.
Rock Climbing (Fall)
The climbing program encourages students to set personal goals, both mental and physical, and create plans to accomplish them. On shorter practice days we travel to nearby Rumney Rocks, a premier sport climbing destination and one of the best venues for learning to rock climb in America. On longer days we venture to granite cliffs around the state, from single-pitch venues in Franconia Notch to multi-pitch experiences on Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges in North Conway. On rainy days we hike any of the numerous mountains close to campus or work on technical skills in the gym.
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.
|0||Seomae Aronson||2025||North Falmouth, MA|
|0||John Blandford||2023||Gilford, NH|
|0||Ty Dahl||Plymouth, NH|
|0||Drake Dearborn||2025||Holderness, NH|
|0||Katherine Gervais||Yarmouth, ME|
|0||Henry Hood||2024||Springfield, VA|
|0||Oliver Kiker||Newport, RI|
|0||Nicholas Sherman||Rye, NH|
|0||Arthur Spitzer||2023||Telluride, CO|