St. Mary’s and White Mountain alumnae/i representing the Class of 1954 through to the Class of 2020—a span of 60 years—joined in the first Virtual Alumnae/i Weekend on October 23 and 24. Logging in from California to Washington to Florida to China, the Czech Republic, and many places in between, they engaged in panel discussions, trivia contests, award ceremonies, and shared memories of their time at the School.
This was our first virtual event specifically for alumnae/i and held in conjunction with White Mountain’s Fall Family Weekend. We missed seeing you on campus, but because it was a huge virtual success, we have decided to hold all future alumnae/i events virtually! In addition to an opportunity to attend some classes online along with White Mountain parents, we were very pleased to host Mirna Valerio as the keynote speaker on Friday evening. Mirna is a well-known ultrarunner and activist in outdoor sports. The topic of her address was “Awe and Wonder in the Outdoors,” and how these experiences connect us as human beings. We were all very inspired by her story.
Saturday’s events included two timely panels, “What Does Civic Engagement Look Like?” moderated by Head of School John Drew, and “Equity in the Outdoors,” moderated by Matthew Toms, director of the Student Assistance Program. Our panelists were all St. Mary’s and White Mountain School alumnae/i from classes in the 1960s through our youngest panelist representing the class of 2018, and a current student.
Saturday’s events included a game of trivia with questions about the School’s history, campus and culture, and academics. The day concluded with John giving an update on White Mountain. The memorial service and prayer recognized alumnae/i who passed away in 2019 and 2020. The evening’s final highlight was the presentation of the Sylvia A. Dickey Prize to Bret Arsenault ’80 for his “demonstrated significant and consistent support to the School.” The Linda Clark McGoldrick ’55 Prize was awarded to Esthefania Rodriguez ’10 for “going above and beyond and best representing the attributes of the ‘ultimate volunteer.’” Please join us congratulating the most recent recipients of these prizes. They will each receive a custom-designed cutting board featuring a map of the campus trails, created on White Mountain’s laser printer.
The attendees ended the evening breaking into “chat” rooms, and all agreed we could have stayed all night sharing stories and memories! Although we would have preferred having everyone with us on campus, the evening was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect for those who were able to join us virtually.
Videos from the weekend are available on the Alumnae/i website along with links to historic photos, archives, and the School store. We look forward to holding future alumnae/i events virtually! If you have suggestions for future programs or events, please share them with us. We’re in touch, so please keep in touch with us.
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a gender-inclusive, college-preparatory boarding and day school for 140 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.