We build on foundations we did not lay. We warm ourselves at fires we did not light. We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant. We drink from wells we did not dig. We profit from persons we did not know. We are ever bound in community.
We are White Mountain, a large, extended family that spans generations and continues to grow with each graduating class. Every year we have the privilege of welcoming members of this family home. Whether they graduated 5 years ago or 75 years ago, alumnae/i return to remember White Mountain through events like our annual Alumnae/i Ski Race Weekend and other traditions.
Cannon Mountain was abuzz with Alumnae/i Ski Race excitement this past February. Students and alumnae/i gathered with faculty and their children to race down Cannon for the title of this year’s fastest. A total of 14 participants entered–the youngest was faculty member Matthew Toms’ son, Asa. The oldest…preferred to remain anonymous. A husband and wife team, Ryan ‘92 and Julianne Ireland ‘03 Boissoneault, swept the title as this year’s fastest.
“Saturday started off bright and early with skiers arriving for first chair, and the day ended with a cozy and relaxed apres ski in Dickey House. It’s always great to see alumnae/i return for such a fun-filled weekend,” reflected Associate Director of Development & Alumnae/i, Ethan Kuhn.
Tradition continued to live on, too, with this year’s Mountain Day, and students were far from disappointed. Morning meeting seemed to proceed as normal until senior James O’Connor stood up and made an announcement. ‘Tim, roses are red, violets are blue. If today’s not Mountain Day, I will hit you with my shoe???” Lovejoy Chapel erupted in cheers as students geared up for an academic break and day of fun. Sandwiched between two storms, students and faculty arrived at Jay Peak for a full day of skiing, swimming at the water park (for non-skiers) and relaxation.
“Mountain Day is a great tradition! It is one of the best days of the year. It’s like a breath of fresh air. It’s great to just hang out and have fun with your friends, whether that be skiing, snowboarding or at the water park. I always have such a great time with my friends.” commented junior Pyper Williams.
Because of foundations built before us, the White Mountain community experience continues to live on and create memories that last a lifetime. The traditions and experiences here set you apart and always manage to bring you back home.