Established in 1976, the Joan Shaw Herman Award for Distinguished Service is presented annually to a member of the CA community — the school’s only award recognizes the work of CA graduates who have demonstrated dedication to service in either a professional or volunteer capacity.
We are proud to announce that Anne Pfitzer ’85 has been chosen by the selection committee for her contributions to international public health, in particular in the areas of family planning, maternal-newborn health and survival, and HIV/AIDS prevention.
A video message from Head of School Rick Hardy.
Concord Academy Welcomes Alumnae/i Back to Campus for the Annual Alumnae/i and Students of Color Conference
On February 22, Concord Academy hosted its annual Alumnae/i and Students of Color Conference. More than 20 individuals — 12 students and 11 alumnae/i — took part in the event. A panel discussion took up the topics of race and equity at CA across decades, and in small group breakout sessions, alumnae/i and students discussed the influence of a CA education on the college experience, considered a sense of belonging at CA, and reminisced about what drew them to this school. View a group photo.
“Origin Stories” Exhibition Showcases Creative Work by Alumnae/i and 30 Years of CA’s Photography Program
Origin Stories, an exhibition currently on display in the Concord Free Public Library, includes recent and retrospective work from 22 Concord Academy alumnae/i, all of whom were students in CA’s photography program and now work in creative professions. “With this show, I wanted to celebrate the idea that being an artist and going into the arts are viable and responsible things to do,” says Cynthia Katz, who has taught photography at Concord Academy for 33 years. Read more and see photos of the exhibition.
Sonya Renee Taylor is a poet who has won national and international spoken-word slams, an author, an activist who uses art as a vehicle for social justice, and the founder of a digital media and education company, The Body is Not An Apology. On February 27, Taylor shared with Concord Academy students, faculty, and staff how her business began as an online movement to promote body positivity. She also advocated for what she calls “radical self-love” as a way to change the world. Read more >
The boys varsity squash team enjoyed an outstanding season! The team posted an eight-game win streak in the thick of the regular season to finish 9-4 overall. As a result, the team was ranked 27th out of 40 programs in New England, its highest ranking in the past five years, and earned a No. 3 seed in the Class D NEPSAC tournament at Westminster School this past weekend. Winning two of its three matches, including the second win of the season over ISL foe St. Marks, boys squash proudly returned to campus from NEPSACs with a third-place trophy. The girls varsity squash program was young and rebuilding this winter. Highlights were winning three of four matches in early January and the experience of competing in the Class E tournament at Pomfret.
The boys varsity basketball team swept its four non-conference games this season but was able to pull out only one of many close league games. The girls varsity team stepped away from the league this year to rebuild. Highlights included an exciting come-from-behind victory over league foe Dana Hall on Senior Day and the significant improvement of many young players across the course of the season. The girls and boys JV basketball teams both worked hard and greatly improved throughout the winter as well!
A number of competitors received special distinction from the Eastern Independent League (EIL), New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC), and Central Massachusetts Ski League (CSML).
On January 22 and 23, Concord Academy honored acclaimed chef Anita Lo ’84 as the 2020 Centennial Hall Fellow. At the Boston Public Market, Lo offered a cooking experience for fellow alumnae/i, and in her Hall Fellow Lecture at CA, she told her life story and discussed the importance of food to culture and in creating communities where people can belong as they are.
There were incredible turnouts in Boston and New York as CA kicked off the second year of the Centennial Hall Fellow Series. With over 60 alumnae/i at each event, alumnae/i enjoyed gathering in their cities for an evening of reconnecting, cooking, and community. Both events included a cooking demonstration with Chef Anita Lo ’84, and a signing of her most recent book, Solo. Thanks to all those who attended, and we look forward to being back in your city again soon! Check out photos from Boston and New York.
Please join members of the CA Parents Council for an Open Council Meeting. This meeting is a chance for all parents to learn about the Parent Council and to hear from our speaker, Assistant Head of School and Dean of Faculty Sarah Yeh.
Questions? Please contact Meredith Walsh, parent program officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember how excited your child was after being admitted to CA? Remember all the questions you had as your child was about to enter a new school? We could use your help with the Parent-to-Parent program for next year! This is a great opportunity for both boarding and day parents as the welcome is primarily done by email. To sign up, click here. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Parent-to-Parent co-chairs, Becky Derby P’18 ’22 (email@example.com) and Judy Rosenbaum P’19 ’22 (firstname.lastname@example.org).