The White Mountain School is pleased to announce the recent graduation of 36 students in the Class of 2021, who were recognized on Saturday, May 15, at White Mountain's 135th Commencement exercises held on-campus, with attendance limited to graduates and their families along with faculty and staff.
Members of the Class of 2021. Not Pictured: Zekai "Kevin" Chen, Yizhen "Jim" Chen, Sarah Day, John Emmons, Leah Foster, Wencheng "Eric" Huangfu, Hannah Simmonds, YiLin "Jolin" Wang, Joelle Weinstein, Mingrui "Richard" Xie, and Lidong "Tim" Zhu.
Photo Credit: Jonathan Benton.
"We're very proud of the Class of 2021 for their leadership and engagement this year," said Head of School John Drew. "They helped us create a positive experience for all students despite COVID-19 restrictions."
This year's Commencement Address and Senior Commencement Address for the Class of 2021 were delivered by Wilson "Will" Mazimba '11 and Arli Moyao-Ramirez '21, respectively. "No matter what generation, no matter your beliefs, no matter your political affiliation, kindness is key. That will be how we rebuild and thrive. I challenge you all to strive for kindness every single day. It doesn't have to be grand; it doesn't have to be complex; simplicity can change someone's entire day if you think about it," said Will in his address.
The 36 members of the graduating class represent 11 states and three countries. Post-White Mountain, many students have decided to enroll in college or university this fall. Others are preparing to take a gap year, during which they will live intentionally through travel and cultural exchange, service-learning, internships or externships, or post-graduate education.
The Class of 2021
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
White Plains, N.Y.
Zekai "Kevin" Chen
Yizhen "Jim" Chen
Chapel Hill, N.C.
New York, N.Y.
Wencheng "Eric" Huangfu
The Bronx, N.Y.
Nyanza Province, Kenya
Scotch Plains, N.J.
YiLin "Jolin" Wang
Mingrui "Richard" Xie
Lidong "Tim" Zhu
School Award and Prize Winners
As in previous years, the following six awards were presented during Commencement.
The Courage Prize: Arli Moyao-Ramirez '21
Presented to the student who exemplifies perseverance, citizenship, and leadership in all aspects of the School.
The Robin McQuire Pearson Award: YiLin "Jolin" Wang '21
Presented to the female-identifying student in the graduating class who has shown the greatest perseverance in her studies and life at White Mountain.
The Lt. Michael S. Pierce '82 Award: Emily Dye '21
Presented to the student who has achieved the most in one year at White Mountain in academics, athletics, and personal maturity.
The Bishop's Prize: Zoë Simon '21
Presented to the student who has the highest scholastic standing.
The Faculty Award: Yizhen "Jim" Chen '21
Presented to the student who has, in the opinion of the faculty, demonstrated excellence in both attitude and performance in scholarly and athletic endeavors.
The Head's Award: Valentine Oloo '21
Presented to the student who best personifies the mission of The White Mountain School.
Recordings and Photos of Our 135th Commencement Exercises
On Thursday and Friday, leading up to Saturday's Commencement Ceremony, White Mountain held several other celebratory events for the Class of 2021—some familiar and some new due to the pandemic.
2021 Celebration for Chinese Students
2021 Senior Reflections: Journey of Self and Place
135th Baccalaureate Ceremony
135th Commencement Ceremony
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.