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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.

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.

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Finding the New Normal

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.

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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.

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I Am CA: Dat Le ’06

Dat Le ’06 co-chairs the Concord Academy Young Alumnae/i Community (CAYAC) Committee to stay connected with his classmates and the school, and to help foster that connection for others.

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Assembly Remarks on Mental Health from Jeff Desjarlais

Jeff Desjarlais, director of health and student support services, spoke to students during Monday’s assembly. He reminded our community that the emotional impact of this pandemic is far from over. Responding to the mental health of our community will continue to be a priority.

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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.”

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Justin Bull is Appointed Interim Dean of Faculty

We are delighted that Justin Bull has agreed to serve as CA’s interim dean of faculty for the 2021–22 school year. The interview committee appreciated Justin’s desire to enhance communication, his interest in bringing forward conversations around teaching and pedagogy for the year ahead, and his deep experience as a teacher, department head, coach, mentor, advisor, and house faculty member.

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Fond Farewell

We say goodbye to faculty and staff who have served CA for more than 20 years: Deborah Gray, Amy Spencer P’13, Abby Laber P’16, Diana Thompson, and Eve Fraser-Corp.

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Introducing Concord Academy’s New Director of Marketing and Communications, Melody Komyerov ’89

Melody Komyerov ’89 will serve as CA’s Director of Marketing and Communications, starting in mid-April. As a member of the senior administrative team, Melody will develop and lead Concord Academy’s strategic communications, encompassing digital, social, and print media, with responsibility for ensuring effective systems, resources, and process to achieve the school’s marketing and communications objectives. She will partner with the interim head of school and across departments to inspire and engage all of CA’s constituents and community members.

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