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2021 Commencement Ceremony Celebrates CA’s Newest Graduates, with Remarks by Imani Perry ’90

A year of challenge and hope concluded in a joyously familiar way on Friday, June 11, when Concord Academy honored the class of 2021. Eighty-six graduates were celebrated in the Academy Garden along with 11 classmates who joined them by livestream.

2021 End-of-Year Student Projects

From visual and performing arts to senior projects and Tech Expo, take a look at some of the amazing projects and performances CA students shared at the end of the 2020–21 school year.

CA Presents “Baltimore”

CA’s winter 2021 mainstage production, Baltimore, was presented virtually on May 22 and 23. Written after the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the play tackles a racist incident on a predominantly white college campus and the 12 hours that follow. Playwright Kirsten Greenidge worked with the cast during rehearsals and took part in a pre-show discussion.

Red and Blue Day Returns!

A surprise field day on Friday, May 21, gave CA students an opportunity to switch gears and enjoy each other’s company. Red and Blue Day in 2021 involved a Wit ’N Grit course around campus, appreciation activities, a dunk tank, and most of all, a chance to come together as a school community.

2021 Davidson Lecturer Helen Suh ’81 Speaks Virtually at CA

During her 2021 Davidson Lecture on April 14, Helen Suh ’21 urged CA students to explore widely. The environmental epidemiologist discussed her research on air pollution and how she has responded to the pandemic in her work.

Introducing CA’s New Director of Community and Equity, Grant Hightower

We are excited to announce the hiring of Grant Hightower as CA’s new director of community and equity as of July 1, 2021. A seasoned diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) activist, practitioner, and consultant, he will assist our community in realizing a central tenet of the school’s mission, “striving for equity.”

CA Celebrates Black History Month with Assembly Focused on Civil and Human Rights, Past, Present, and Future

On February 24, Concord Academy welcomed representatives from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to speak with students about their work advocating and organizing for democracy, justice, inclusion, and opportunity for all people in the United States. The event took place thanks to the coordinated efforts of 9th grade class student leaders, who modeled coalition building in initiating this all-school assembly, coordinating with affinity groups and the Community and Equity Office to create and host this opportunity for school-wide learning and reflection. Affinity groups have also been engaging the CA community in Black History Month initiatives throughout the month.

2021 Centennial Hall Fellow Mallika Chopra ’89 Grounds the CA Community in Living with Intention

CA’s 2021 Centennial Hall Fellow, entrepreneur, author, and public speaker Mallika Chopra ’89, spoke about her personal journey and her experience teaching meditation and speaking about living with intention, balance, and purpose. As part of the Centennial Hall Fellow series, she shared a brief meditative practice — a simple yet powerful tool for charting a course according to our deepest desires and values.

2021 MLK Day Program Asks the CA Community to Imagine a Future of Black Liberation

The 2021 MLK Day program featured a panel discussion with local BIPOC community activists, several workshops — including one by CA alumna Daysha Veronica ’10 — and a Q&A and keynote reading by celebrated poet Danez Smith. The CA community was asked to focus through a specific lens: imagining a liberated future that uplifts and centers Black people, communities, and culture.

In Her New Role as Concord Academy’s Interim Head of School, Sarah Yeh is Leading the School She Loves, Drawing on her Administrative Experience and Dedication to Teaching

When Sarah Yeh P’24, Ph.D., assumed the role of Concord Academy’s interim head of school on November 2, she put her experience as assistant head, dean of faculty, and passionate teacher in service of this school, to which she is deeply committed.

Parent Social for Parents of All Classes

Parent Social for Parents of All Classes  Time: 4:00–6:00 p.m.Location: Moriarty Athletic Campus (directions) New families, returning families—join us as we kick off the year with an informal all parent social! This will be a chance to connect with fellow parents...

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Concord Academy’s Centennial

CA’s 100 birthday is fast approaching! The Centennial Planning and Advisory Team is developing an entire year of Centennial Celebrations, which will begin this coming spring.  As we have explored ways to commemorate a century’s worth of love of learning, to honor the...

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CA’s 2021 Joan Shaw Herman Award Honors Two Alumnae Who Champion Children’s Health

In the first year that the Joan Shaw Herman Award for Distinguished Service was presented to two alumnae/i, Leslie Davidson ’66 and Ingrid Walker-Descartes ’91 were honored for their contributions to child protection, health, and advocacy. “Their work addressing pediatric trauma and children’s mental health, disability, and welfare is difficult, emotional, and often inconspicuous,” said Kate Rea Schmitt ’62, P’88, chair of the Joan Shaw Herman Award Selection Committee. “Leslie and Ingrid are children’s champions.”

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Reunion 2021: A Monthlong Series of Virtual Events Connects Alumnae/i with One Another and CA Today

When a determination was made to hold reunion virtually this spring because of the pandemic, we knew we wanted to offer a range of events and experiences to facilitate connections not only among this year’s reunion classes (class years ending in 1 and 6) but also among all alumnae/i who might have an opportunity to connect virtually with Concord Academy from homes around the world. Beginning in mid-May and concluding in mid-June 2021, a full slate of events was offered.

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Third Annual Alumnae/i Assembly Brings Concord Academy Graduates Together Virtually

All Concord Academy alumnae/i were invited to tune in to CA’s third annual Alumnae/i Assembly, which took place virtually on June 9, 2021. An evolution of the former annual meeting, this annual assembly offers every member of the alumnae/i community a touchpoint for remaining involved or reconnecting with the school — its aim is to make CA an ongoing and relevant part of our graduates’ lives.

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2021 End-of-Year Student Projects

From visual and performing arts to senior projects and Tech Expo, take a look at some of the amazing projects and performances CA students shared at the end of the 2020–21 school year.

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Happy 99th, CA!

On April 22, Concord Academy celebrated the 99th anniversary of the school’s founding with a birthday photo booth, doughnuts, messages of gratitude, and more.

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A Therapist Finds Her Niche in Nature

Outdoors, CarmenLeah Ascencio ’01 is helping people embrace themselves. Though drawing emotional sustenance from nature wasn’t part of her own upbringing, she now specializes in ecotherapy.

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Leader, Mentor, Advocate

Trelane Clark ’92, P’22 knew from the age of 14 that she wanted to be a principal. Now this alumna holds that role at Hooks Elementary School in Chelsea, Mass., and she is passionate about pursuing equity for students, teachers, and families.

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