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2024 Senior Projects Showcase CA Students’ Love of Learning

This spring, 32 Concord Academy 12th graders demonstrated their love of learning by completing senior projects. These self-designed, faculty-supported programs offered students one-of-a-kind educational experiences. This year’s presentations on May 14 in the Student Health and Athletic Center exemplified these seniors’ creativity, interdisciplinary thinking, and technical skills.

CA Student Drives Smart Outlet Sustainability Initiative

Xander Grossman ’26 is helping Concord Academy realize its mission of promoting a more just and sustainable future by adding smart outlets across the school’s campus. His idea resulted in a desire to conserve energy and was made possible by the Green Revolving Fund, which provides start-up investment in student-driven projects with meaningful impact.

CA Honors Journalist Richard Read ’75 with the 2024 Joan Shaw Herman Award

On May 10, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Read ’75 accepted the Joan Shaw Herman Award for Distinguished Service at an all-school assembly. The Joan Shaw Herman Award—the only award CA gives—underscores CA’s mission of doing good work in service to others.

Chemistry for Change

This summer, Taylor and Francis will release two open-access textbooks by Will Tucker, head of Concord Academy’s Science Department: one on general and one on organic chemistry. Jake Klineman ’25 lent a student perspective to editing the general chemistry book. Supported by the Concord Academy Class of 1972 Green Seed Fund and the Academic Office, these free digital textbooks promote green chemistry principles, emphasizing energy efficiency, renewable resources, and pollution prevention.

Composer-in-Residence Láura Macias Creates an Evocative Desert Soundscape in a New Work for CA Musicians

Using unconventional techniques, Macias collaborated with student musicians to evoke the heat and allure of the desert landscape, creating a transformative experience for the performers and audience alike.

Curating Concord’s History

On April 1, The Concord Museum welcomed eager Concord Academy families to its newest special exhibition What Makes History? The exhibition explores local historical narratives and their connections to national and international history through the lenses of object collecting, preservation, and storytelling. Students in Kim Frederick’s Spring 2024 U.S.: Public History: Tour Guide course researched and wrote the labels that contextualized the artifacts and presented them from a new perspective.
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CA Poets Investigate Poetic Lineage and the Creative Process

On March 27, three poets with deep connections to Concord Academy returned to share their creative work. Former CA teacher Cammy Thomas P’08 and alums Soren Stockman ’07 and Chessy Normile ’09 read from their books of poems and provided insights into their writing processes.
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Students Explore the Art of Storytelling with Author Jennifer De Leon

Author Jennifer De Leon shared her journey as a writer and her passion for diverse narratives during a visit to the classes of CA English faculty members Alyse Ruiz-Selsky ’05 and Nick Hiebert on March 6. Students had been reading her book White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, and Writing and had the opportunity to engage in conversation about it. Reflecting on her experience writing it, De Leon said, “The ability to be vulnerable and brave takes time, but I realized the only way out is through.”
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2024 Winter Athletics Season Recap

CA teams enjoyed a very successful winter season! Multiple teams and individual athletes excelled at the Eastern Independent League (EIL) and New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) championships. Go Green!
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Whose Stories Get Told?

We asked three CA alum storytellers working in film and television about their recent projects and why diverse representation matters in their work. Caroline Suh ’89, Ami Boghani ’99, and Eugene Sun Park ’96 share how they create entertainment.
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