Instead of selecting one alumna/us to feature, we’re going to celebrate The White Mountain School’s newest alumnae/i, the Class of 2015! This talented and dynamic group of students heads out into the world of college and beyond in a few short days and WMS couldn’t be more proud. Let’s take a look at who they are, what they’ve done at WMS and where they’re heading next.
This year’s senior class of 40 students is comprised of 18 men and 22 women. They hail from four different countries and eight states. They led WMS this year, serving as School President, Student Judge, Social Chair, Secretary, Citizenship Committee members, Proctors, Team Captains, Work Job Supervisors, and International Student Mentors. All of them took challenging courses in preparation for college work. Thirty-four seniors took one or more Advanced Placement courses this year and all of them pursued independent work (a LASR project
) in an area of particular interest to them personally. LASR project topics among 2015 graduates included,
A Study of Homelessness in American Cities through Documentary Film
Storytelling through Dance
Sports Leadership – Climbing Instruction
Women in the Workforce
The Social and Political Implications of Health Care in the Dominican Republic
3D Printing and Modeling
When we asked this talented and eclectic group of young people what they want to study in college their answers included: linguistics, outdoor education, teaching, art, biology, dance and finance.
They applied to a record number of colleges and received numerous acceptances, a number of which included merit-based scholarships! Next year they are headed to as far away as the University of California, Davis, the University of Puget Sound and the University of St. Andrews (UK) and as near as The University of New Hampshire, Wesleyan University and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), among many other great institutions. Click here
for more information about college counseling at WMS and a list of recent college acceptances.
What do members of this year’s senior class do during their free time?
Just about everything! You’ll find them singing, climbing, writing, paddling, dancing, drawing, volunteering, playing soccer or lacrosse, skiing, cooking, reading, working in the robotics lab, playing guitar or piano, and babysitting. Many of our seniors were recognized for their accomplishments outside of WMS. They won town talent shows, free-style skiing competitions, essay contests, climbing competitions, and dance competitions.
What are some of their favorite places on campus?
Lots of them named Hood’s Hill as a favorite campus spot, of course! Other beloved places included, the Great Hall, the art studios, the pond, the trails, the gym, and wedding (picnic) hill.
The Class of 2015 is group of thoughtful and caring people who feel strongly connected to the White Mountain School community. What will they miss the most about WMS? Overwhelmingly, they said they would miss the people they were leaving behind – friends, teachers and the community as a whole, as well as all of the opportunities they had to try new things while they were here. Sound familiar?
To our graduating Seniors, we say, “congratulations for work and life well-done here at WMS! We value who you are. We’re proud of how hard you’ve worked and what you’ve accomplished. We are confident in your ability to move into the world beyond WMS where you will continue to pursue your passions, build strong relationships with others and make a difference in your communities. We are confident that you will continue to embody the values of curiosity, courage and compassion that are the hallmark of our School’s graduates!”