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Reunion Weekend 2019: Concord Academy Alumnae/i Reflect and Reconnect

From June 7 through June 9, CA welcomed more than 200 alumnae/i and former faculty back to campus. Idyllic spring weather set the tone for a reunion weekend with strong turnout and great energy.

Commencement 2019

On May 31, a day of hope and promise, Concord Academy celebrated its 97th graduating class. A mixture of solemnity and high spirits marked the occasion, on which Assistant Head and Academic Dean John Drew P’15 ’19, soon to depart CA to become the head of the White Mountain School in Bethlehem, N.H., delivered the Commencement address.

Object Lessons: CA Students in a History of Concord Class Illuminate the Past at the Concord Museum

Culminating a deep dive into what goes into making museum exhibitions, students in CA history teacher Kim Frederick’s history course Object Permanence: Concord and the American Nation gave gallery talks on May 9 at the Concord Museum.

Claudia Rankine Speaks about Citizen: An American Lyric at Concord Academy

On May 15, acclaimed poet Claudia Rankine brought to life the experience of Citizen: An American Lyric, an award-winning, genre-defying book of reflection, art, and cultural criticism, and a required text in Concord Academy’s sophomore English curriculum. Through...

In a Guest Artist Residency, Lily Kind ’04 Brings Her Love of Vernacular and Experimental Dance Back to CA

The love Lily Kind '04 has for vernacular and vaudevillian dance traditions and her abiding interest in taking risks were evident in her teaching approach during her two-week visit to CA in January. Kind is one in a series of professional dance artists — including Alexander Brady and Rika Okamoto from Twyla Tharp Dance — who have come to campus this year to work with and choreograph for the CA Dance Project and guest-teach dance classes. The Dance Company (now Dance Project), which she took part in all four of her years as a CA student, anchored her experience. “It's where I learned how to be an artist," she says.”
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Uniting Her Passions for Crafting, Environmental Advocacy, and Helping Fellow Teens, Audrey Lin ’19 is “Matting Change”

To transform a heap of waste into a sleeping mat for a young person experiencing homelessness, it takes between 600 and 700 plastic shopping bags and 15 to 20 hours of an individual’s time. “It’s a labor of love,” says Concord Academy student Audrey Lin ’19. But it’s one she has convinced others to take on along with her through her senior project — teaching groups to make plastic yarn (or “plarn”) from discarded single-use plastic bags and to use it to crochet lightweight, portable, bug-free, waterproof sleeping mats. The project unites her love of craft with her passion for environmental advocacy.
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Looking for Alumnae/i Admissions Interviewers!

The CA Alumnae/i Admissions Interview Program is a great way to connect our alumnae/i to CA today and support our admissions team in the process. Each school year, our alumnae/i interviewers spend time on a select few Saturday mornings in the Admissions Office on...

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Matt McCahill ’95 and Claire Moriarty Schaeffer ’05: Giving Matters, Every Year

This pivotal time in Concord Academy’s history requires a rethinking of leadership roles. Who better to put the case for annual support to the alumnae/i community than Matt McCahill ’95 and Claire Moriarty Schaeffer ’05. Consistently generous, they have volunteered, in their new roles as Alumnae/i Annual Fund co-chairs, to act on the responsibility they feel as beneficiaries of CA to carry forward the work begun by previous generations.
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Mid-Year Chapel, January 2018

Music: “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face” (from the 1956 musical My Fair Lady; music by Frederick Loewe and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner; performed by Rex Harrison) Good morning, everyone, and welcome back. It is a pleasure to be here with you. I want to extend a...

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Rick Hardy Chapel, September 2017

On September 6, the CA community gathered for the first chapel of the year given by Head of School Rick Hardy. Find the full copy of his remarks about the events of the summer, about hiking the Grand Canyon, and about how the journey is always better with a friend.
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Head of School Rick Hardy’s Mid-Year Chapel

Read this morning's chapel, delivered by head of school Rick Hardy, as he welcomed students back to school for the second semester. "As human beings and as citizens of society, we owe the world our attention and our willingness to be heard. Just as we are called on to see and speak out about unfairness in this community, so must we be willing to see and speak out about injustice beyond it. We need to be positive in our outlook, and critical in our thinking. Being an optimist does not require one to cease asking the 'hard questions'. We need to continually educate ourselves, for knowledge really is power."
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