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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year, CA’s mascot, the chameleon, feels more appropriate than ever for a school that values adaptability. In this photo essay, we share the changes our academics and student life underwent throughout this year of shifting COVID-19 precautions, along with views of our campus and students and words from two members of our senior class.
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.