CA Magazine

Summer 2022

CA Turns 100

CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS BEGIN

FEATURE STORIES

CA Celebrates 100th Birthday with Centennial Days of Service and Sustainability

CA Celebrates 100th Birthday with Centennial Days of Service and Sustainability

On April 22 and 23, the CA community united in honor of Concord Academy’s 100th birthday. On this historic occasion, the Centennial Days of Service and Sustainability involved listening, learning, and taking action. The celebration extended beyond campus to include alumnae/i, parents, and friends of the school. Together over these two days, CA community members made a difference for others, and for our planet, in support of the commitment in CA’s mission to build a more just and sustainable future.

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Concord Academy Centennial Campaign Co-Chairs Reflect on Growing CA’s Power of Creative Engagement

Concord Academy Centennial Campaign Co-Chairs Reflect on Growing CA’s Power of Creative Engagement

CA’s continuing evolution would not be possible without the foresight and partnership of volunteer leaders and the support from the CA community for the Concord Academy Centennial Campaign. By investing in the school’s endowment and a new Centennial Arts Center, the CA community will realize a decades-long dream of expanding CA’s creative spaces and learning opportunities. The Centennial Campaign co-chairs offer personal reflections on the importance of this project.

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CENTENNIAL STORIES

Adnan Zubcevic ’75, 2022 Centennial Joan Shaw Herman Award Recipient, Finds in Treating Trauma a New Calling

Adnan Zubcevic ’75, 2022 Centennial Joan Shaw Herman Award Recipient, Finds in Treating Trauma a New Calling

During CA’s 100th birthday celebration in April, physician Adnan Zubcevic ’75 received the 2022 Centennial Joan Shaw Herman Award for his life’s work in support of immigrants and refugees. When he was a student at CA in his senior year, through the American Field Service, he little suspected that 20 years later he would return to Concord, Mass., fleeing the Bosnian War. In the Boston area, Zubcevic went on to launch many programs supporting immigrants and refugees, one of which has become a national model.

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Rashaun Mitchell ’96, 2022 Centennial Hall Fellow, Exposes the Mechanics of Creation

Rashaun Mitchell ’96, 2022 Centennial Hall Fellow, Exposes the Mechanics of Creation

As the 2022 Centennial Hall Fellow, Rashaun Mitchell ’96, a dancer, choreographer, educator, and mentor, shared his artistry and life story at Concord Academy this spring. “I’m not
working with narrative; I’m not working with music,” he said at a dance demonstration at CA. “We’re really trying to understand what is happening in the body when we’re dancing and how we can expose the mechanics of the creation.”

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ALUMNAE/I STORIES

CAMPUS STORIES

Senior Projects from the Class of 2022

Senior Projects from the Class of 2022

For their senior projects this year, members of the class of 2022 took on a wide array of independent projects with faculty advisors, including reexamining health care inequities within prison settings, building an electric go-kart, mapping the physics of a pirouette, and creating a cookbook with sustainable recipes.

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CA Celebrates Class of 2022 with Commencement Speaker Trelane Clark ’92, P’22

CA Celebrates Class of 2022 with Commencement Speaker Trelane Clark ’92, P’22

On June 3, Concord Academy honored the class of 2022 in the Academy Garden, celebrating the accomplishments and promise of the newest members of CA’s alumnae/i community. A damp morning didn’t subdue the spirits of the 102 members of CA’s 98th graduating class. And in her Commencement address, Trelane Clark ’92, P’22 advised them to embrace gratitude, grace, and greatness.

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CA Students Get Involved in Supporting CA’s Sustainability Plan

CA Students Get Involved in Supporting CA’s Sustainability Plan

Concord Academy’s sustainability plan is among the first of its kind from independent schools in the Northeast. When it was released in the spring of 2019, little did the world know that within a year a pandemic would upend life around the globe. While CA pivoted, progress toward the targets that had been outlined nevertheless continued. The plan outlines four major areas of focus for CA: institutional staffing support, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, shifts to more sustainable dining and reducing food waste, and increasing the environmental sustainability of campus operations.

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Department X Kick-Starts a New Student-Run Writing Center at CA

Department X Kick-Starts a New Student-Run Writing Center at CA

Last spring, CA teachers Nancy Boutilier and Stephanie Manzella P’14 ’17 ’18 received Department X funding to develop a sustainable model for a writing center to pilot in 2021–22. With 16 Writing Associates, all juniors, and many students regularly bringing their writing for peer review, the new student-led Writing Center has already been a success.

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVES

The Story Behind CA’s Joan Shaw Herman Distinguished Service Award

The Story Behind CA’s Joan Shaw Herman Distinguished Service Award

On April 22, 2022—Concord Academy’s 100th birthday—the CA community will bestow the Centennial Joan Shaw Herman Distinguished Service Award. This award was first given to Joan Shaw Herman ’46 herself, posthumously, in 1976. Herman, who was paralyzed after contracting polio the summer after her graduation from CA, worked to improve the lives of other individuals with physical disabilities. Her story speaks to the power that resilience, generosity, and an enduring desire to make life better for others can have, and why this award is so important at Concord Academy.

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Concord Claims the Cup in First-Ever Spring Rivalry Event

Concord Claims the Cup in First-Ever Spring Rivalry Event

On Friday, April 29, CA hosted Bancroft in the CA/Bancroft Cup on a cool and sunny afternoon. The inaugural rivalry event included games across six sports with the winner of four contests or more earning the right to “take home” the coveted trophy. With CA earning the needed four wins to capture the Cup, following a short trophy presentation on the fieldhouse deck, the CA captains hoisted the Cup in celebration!

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How CA’s Dining Services Team is Embracing Sustainability

How CA’s Dining Services Team is Embracing Sustainability

Food systems can sometimes be overlooked when it comes to assessing our impact on the planet, but they’re the focus of one of three working groups established by Concord Academy’s Sustainability Plan, which the school adopted in 2019. The dining hall team has been making significant strides toward sustainable food system goals, especially in sourcing local ingredients and promoting plant-forward menus.

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