Spring 2021 Alumnae/i Weekend Recap

by Scott Hunt, Director of Development and Alumnae/i

"Have you heard the story about when we all snuck off-campus and jumped the train to Boston?" was the opening line of introduction from one alumna at our recent Spring 2021 Alumnae/i Weekend! And from there the conversations, memories, and laughter raged on for two nights.

The first night was hosted by former and current faculty with over 55 in attendance. Faculty who taught from the early 1970s until today welcomed alumnae/i into Zoom breakout rooms to remember times they shared together at St. Mary's and White Mountain. Doyle Davis, a faculty member in the 1970s wrote, "My session was wonderful, and apart from sitting by the fire in the Great Hall with a glass of wine, it was just as good as it could get. We had a wonderful time sharing stories of our times together." The reminiscing went on for a couple of hours. The next morning, Baloo Patel '77 shared, "Thank you for setting up the meeting with Doyle. It was great to see him after all these years. I last saw him at my twentieth-year reunion."

The second night was set up with breakout rooms by decades hosted by alumnae/i. We had planned for the 1950s to 2020, and we were surprised to have an alumna from 1949 join in! Our host had done extra outreach to members of their decades encouraging them to join us. We were delighted to see both new and returning faces for the second night. When asked about the event, Molyna Sim Richards '04 shared, "I honestly didn't know what to expect. I was slightly anxious because I didn't know what to expect or who I would see but as soon as I saw familiar faces it felt like I was right back at WMS. It was so nice to hear what my classmates were up to. Although we are all in different stages of our lives, some with families, some newly engaged, and others solely focused on their careers, we were still so in tune with one another. It felt safe, supportive, and we shared lots of laughs. Despite where we are as individuals, we all have an incredible bond that will link us together forever, the memories and relationships we gained at WMS. We actually have a follow-up call scheduled." Outdoing the first night, after more than three hours of chatting, alumnae/i called it a successful night of reminiscing and creating new memories.

Combined with the programming for Spring Family Weekend, the Spring 2021 Alumnae/i Weekend event spanned three days of visits to classes, guest speakers, faculty presentations, and social hours. This feedback from Jane Parsons Klein '64 captures the spirit of the event and the future, "Great fun and to be continued." We all look forward to many more opportunities to connect with each other in the days ahead.

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.