The White Mountain School is thrilled to announce the newest recipients of the Linda Clark McGoldrick ’55 Scholarship.
The White Mountain School is thrilled to announce the newest recipients of the Linda Clark McGoldrick ’55 Scholarship. Named for Linda Clark McGoldrick who, over the course of nearly forty years, was a student, alumna, past parent, trustee, teacher, and administrator at the School, as well as a beloved member of the local community, this scholarship supplies one day student with a full year’s tuition and covers half of the tuition for another day student. The tuition award continues throughout the student’s 4-year tenure at the School, as long as the student maintains a strong academic record and meets his or her responsibilities as a member of the WMS community. Prospective McGoldrick scholars are invited to apply for this merit opportunity, and qualifications include excellent writing skills, a sincere interest in the preservation of the environment, and the potential to make positive contributions to the WMS community: academically, athletically, and in spirit.
This year’s scholarship winners are Tori Breen and Bethany Pelotte, both Bethlehem residents and students of Bethlehem Elementary School and then Profile Junior High School. The girls are fantastic students, holding highest honors throughout 7th and 8th grade. In their 8th grade year, Tori held the all-school Math and Writing English prizes, while Beth received the all school Science and History prizes along with the Baby Think It Over award. Both girls wrote stories selected for publication in National Writing Project’s New Hampshire “Middle/High School Voices 2013,” with Tori receiving a Silver Key award for her piece. Beth played soccer, basketball, and softball, throughout 7th and 8th grade while Tori danced at the local Creative Edge Dance Studio, with a recent turn as Clara in a production of “The Nutcracker.” She was also a two-year member of the Student Council.
Tori writes excitedly about the community service opportunities that WMS offers. In her application essay, she cites the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Tori is inspired by stories of her mother’s service trips to Nicaragua. She describes WMS as “a place of action” and she can’t wait to be a part of it.
Beth’s application essay describes her desire to become a part of this tight-knit, friendly community where ideas that might be lost at a larger school can become easily expressed, widely known, and effect real change in the school’s environment. She’s also excited to join WMS’s varied athletic program and explore opportunities in our Sustainability Studies department and other environmental protection initiatives.
Established in 1992, this scholarship honors Linda Clark McGoldrick’s ‘55 long service to the School and her devotion to the students, teachers and alumnae/i who make up the unique community of The White Mountain School. It also serves as outreach to the North Country, giving talented local students a chance to join The White Mountain School’s vibrant community, engaging in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum within a close-knit school environment. White Mountain students have 24/7 access to passionate teachers and the opportunity to experience cultural diversity, challenge themselves with a wide range of afternoon sports and activities, and pursue their passions through self-directed research projects.
Set among the beautiful mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 (and PG). Since the School’s founding in 1886, we have maintained a clear focus on educating each student as an individual, helping them build lives of passion and purpose.