In anticipation of Valentine’s Day and the Show Your Love for White Mountain Day of Giving, both of which fall on February 14, we wanted to show our love by recognizing two of our alumnae/i couples! In total, the School is currently aware of eight total alumnae/i couples from all decades—as early as the 1970s until, most recently, 2011. We are very excited to share these two stories of love, since it was at The White Mountain School where these couples first met their partners! We asked these couples to share how they met, what they love about White Mountain, and how White Mountain continues to play a part in their lives.
Brooke Boardman ’83 and Andy Gallagher ’81
Brooke met Andy at White Mountain when she was a sophomore, and he was a senior. After graduation, Brooke lived in Scotland, and Andy lived in Maryland. They had been good friends, and friendship turned to romance when they reconnected. They were married in 2014 on the beach in Kennebunkport, Maine, where Brooke spent summers. They both loved White Mountain, where Andy was a standout rock climber, winning the Mountaineering Award his senior year. Brooke also liked rock climbing and wrote poetry. She admits the best part was, “I loved skiing five days a week at Cannon!”
The couple still have many friends from White Mountain. “We try to attend one of their Reunions every few years, but we live in Maryland, so it is not easy visiting White Mountain as often as we would like,” says Brooke, who serves as a scribe for her class.
Gianni Boshes ’11 and Yanina Marin Boshes ’11
Gianni and Yanina love White Mountain and with good reason. “Thanks to White Mountain, we have been able to create our very own family since meeting on Hood’s Hill junior year (2009-2010),” says Yanina. “[After meeting over Community Weekend], we became really good friends immediately, and not long after we started dating.” Yanina continues, “White Mountain became our second home. From trying new activities like white water rafting on the Dead River, to being able to explore our talent in theatre, and to even summiting Mount Washington. Not only was there passion in the classroom but outdoors was equally as important.” Reflecting on their time as students, she writes, “White Mountain was the most life-changing experience for us. We learned to question and inquire, which directly plays a role in our everyday living as citizens and professionals.” When asked how White Mountain continues to play a part in their lives, Yanina replied that they have many friends from school. They still enjoy camping, hiking, and traveling as they did at White Mountain and plan to attend Alumnae/i Weekend in October 2020. They now have a third party sharing their adventures: their son, Sean Benjamin Boshes, who was born on July 25, 2019.
Yanina, who is a scribe for the Class of 2011, is the lower school nurse and operations coordinator at Boston Collegiate Charter School in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Gianni, who also has a degree in nursing, is self-employed with the goal of opening a martial arts studio. Gianni received the Courage Prize at graduation in 2011, and Yanina received The Head’s Award, among other honors. Gianni and Yanina were married in August 2017 at Wood Acres Farm in Terryville, Connecticut. Emily Nute ’12 was Yanina’s Maid of Honor, and Laurenz Busch ’11 served as their officiant.
Through love, we build friendships and family, the foundation of our White Mountain community. Morris “Morrie” S. Schwartz, an American professor of sociology at Brandeis University and author, once said: “Love is something that feeds every community.” Love and compassion for others and White Mountain is what makes our community strong. People who love those around them will create community. The couples profiled here, among others, exemplify a strong sense of love for each other and the White Mountain community that brought them together. This Valentine’s Day, and throughout the year, we hope you will remember Morrie’s idea to “Build a little community of those you love and those who love you.”
If you are part of another White Mountain couple, or even if you did not find a life partner during your time at White Mountain, please consider sharing your story with the Office of Development & Alumnae/i for future publication in The Telemark or Echoes, the alumnae/i magazine. We hope that your time in the mountains inspired and instilled the love for life and a strong sense of community that is exemplified by these alumnae/i who generously shared their stories with us this year.
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day school for 135 students grades 9-12/PG. Our mission is to be a school of inquiry and engagement. Grounded in an Episcopal heritage, White Mountain prepares and inspires students to lead lives of curiosity, courage, and compassion.