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.
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.”
CA spring teams enjoyed a joyous and successful return to a full league and NEPSAC championship format after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic.
On May 13, Concord Academy’s Medical Club hosted Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine whose research focuses on racial inequities in health as well as strategies to counteract them. Joanne Oh ’23, who worked in Siegel’s lab last summer, presented a research paper published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities that they had co-authored, which for the first time demonstrated a clear association between structural racism and racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccination.
Nick Hiebert, 2018–2021 Katherine Carton Hammer ’68 Chair, Presents on Connection, Collaboration, and Community
On May 5, CA English teacher Nick Hiebert shared how he had benefited from holding the Katherine Carton Hammer ’68 Endowed Faculty Chair over the past three years. The support, Hiebert said, gave him time and space “to realize how much I am made, sustained, and inspired by other people.”
On May 11, author and filmmaker Ken Dornstein P’23 visited a CA documentary film class taught by Ben Stumpf ’88 to share his expertise with students. As a documentary filmmaker, Dornstein has been involved in the production of over 50 films covering a wide array of...
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!
On April 29 and 30, the Concord Academy Performing Arts Department staged The Cradle Will Rock. Originating during the Great Depression as part of the Federal Theatre Project, the play in music takes satirical aim at exploitative labor and everyone who enables corruption. “What I wanted to hit home with the students, and with this production,” said guest director Sarah Shin, “is that change starts with empathy.”
“The arts are the healing balm of the world,” said Andrea Renee Long-Naidu in an artist talk at Concord Academy on April 27. CA dance program co-directors Rika Okamoto and Alex Brady moderated this all-school assembly, and the Q&A session gave students a chance to ask several questions about Long-Naidu‘s art form, her career as a professional dancer, and diversity in the dance world.
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.