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Community Service and Leadership

Community Service

Service to our School community, the local towns, and the greater world is a major component of every White Mountain education. This aspect of life at the School is rooted in our Episcopal heritage, and it's in the fabric of everyday life. We believe in giving back, which is why 100% of our students and faculty participate in some form of service regularly. On-campus, we have shared responsibilities in the kitchen and dormitories. Students also volunteer their time to cook and serve meals at a local soup kitchen, tutor elementary school children after school, join international service-oriented Field Courses, and gain training as adaptive sports coaches, to name a few. There are many opportunities to participate and make a meaningful contribution at White Mountain.

Community Service Day

Once a semester, we also take a day to make greater contributions to local organizations as a collective school community. Community Service Day sends organized groups of faculty and students to many different local groups to assist with everything from outdoor spring clean-up work, planting and harvesting vegetables, or playing with children at a daycare center. It is a day that we all look forward to, a day we all feel good about.

Students as Leaders

There are many leadership opportunities for students on campus, both formal and informal, and students are encouraged to explore these opportunities with their advisor to find a good fit. These opportunities include, but are not limited to, Student Council, Citizenship Committee, Social Committee, the Admissions Ambassadors Program, the Equity and Inclusion Student Delegates Program, proctors, crew supervisors, work job supervisors, athletic and co-curricular captains, and more.

Student Council

Student Council members, typically juniors and seniors, collectively act as the student body's leading voice and as a liaison between the faculty and student body. They work with issues brought to them by their peers as well as from faculty and the administration. They advise on policies that impact students, and they also advance Student Council ideas. From time to time, they also act as a resource for administration. Student Council members are elected in the spring. All positions run for one full calendar year until new members are elected. Student Council positions include:

The community elected official who leads the student body and coordinates the work of the Student Council, providing focus and support for the other student leaders. The student president runs Morning Meetings and chairs Student Council meetings and is responsible for seeing that all student government functions are carried out according to the provisions of the Charter.

The community elected official who acts in the absence of the student president and possibly in the event of the removal from office or resignation of the student president. The student vice president will also take minutes at all Student Council meetings and be responsible for all student body correspondence as the official public relations representative.

The community-elected official who helps the Social Committee, student activities coordinator (an adult staff or faculty member), and assistant head of school for community, equity, and belonging plan and implement student activities and events, including weekend activities, themed dinners, Spirit Weeks, Casino Night, Prom, and other student-led initiatives.

The faculty-nominated, community-elected official who chairs the Citizenship Committee.

Student Proctorships

The role of proctors are important to our community and of considerable responsibility. In addition to developing leadership skills, proctors serve as a liaison between dorm faculty and the students. As such, proctors are expected to uphold the highest standards of the School and set an example of exemplary participation, attendance, and positive engagement in the dorms and broader White Mountain community. Proctors report to the dorm teams and the residential life coordinator (an adult faculty or staff member).

  • Serve as an active leader in the dorm and a positive role model in the community.

  • Participate in proctor orientation and other training throughout the year.

  • Help with new international student orientation.

  • Maintain open communication among the boarders, dorm heads, dorm staff, and the residential life coordinator.

  • Maintain open communication among the day students, the day student advisor, and the assistant head of school for community, equity, and belonging.

  • Help during Welcome Day by welcoming new families and helping students settle into their dorms or lockers.

  • Run Meeting Day activities and games.

  • Help to create a safe and fun boarder and day student culture.

  • Plan proctor dances.

  • Create birthday boards.

  • Help facilitate Big Clean before breaks.

    Remind students of schedule changes or upcoming community events and responsibilities.

  • Plan Block Party with Student Council and the Social Committee.
  • Attend, plan, and facilitate Sunday evening dorm meetings.

  • Attend regular dorm team (adults and students) meetings.

  • Oversee and assist with dorm jobs.

  • Assume responsibility for assigned nights of duty in the dorm.

  • Prepare respective dorm for Welcome Day.

  • Assist dorm staff in enforcing study hall conditions, check-ins, dorm cleanliness, room inspections, and lights out.

  • Assist dorm staff with dorm evacuation during emergency drills or in an actual emergency.

  • Help plan dorm outings and other special dorm events.

  • Create dorm job and laundry schedules.

  • Choose two weekends a year to plan and lead events with the chair of the Social Committee.
  • Complete donut list (donuts, bagels, or muffins).

  • Plan dinners (fall, winter, spring).

  • Create an annual Secret Santa/Snowflake Program.

  • Plan the Senior Dinner.

  • Organize an ice cream trip during exam weeks.

  • Choose two weekends a year to plan and lead events with the chair of the Social Committee.

Admissions Ambassadors

Admissions Ambassadors are students who support the efforts of the Office of Admission by representing the student experience to prospective students and families, as well as candidates for employment at the School. Ambassadors will be expected to participate in all training meetings—every other week for the first two months of the school year, then monthly after that—and be present for Open Houses and the spring Accepted Student Program.

  • Giving campus tours.

  • Eating meals with visitors.

  • Assisting with admissions events.

  • Reaching out to prospective students and families via phone and email.

  • Participating in promotional videos or photoshoots with the Office of Admission and the Office of Communications and Marketing.

Equity and Inclusion Student Delegates

Equity and Inclusion Student Delegates are students in grades 10-12 who ensure student voices will be represented in the School’s equity, justice, and belonging (EJB) efforts. Delegates foster an equitable and inclusive environment at White Mountain: they celebrate, honor, and respect the diversity of our community, and they stand up to injustices when they occur in support of all members of our community.

Any student who has demonstrated a clear commitment to EJB-related work at and beyond the School who is looking to both use and develop their leadership skills with the mentorship of the director of equity and inclusion and/or the assistant head of school for community, equity, and belonging should consider applying. Delegates will receive preference for the annual NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC); however, their selection cannot be guaranteed. Additionally, only students in grades 10 and 11 are generally eligible for attending SDLC.

  • Meet with the director of equity and inclusion on a biweekly basis (or more, when needed) to discuss community needs and culture.

  • Work with the director of equity and inclusion to plan school-wide events.

  • Attend, and sometimes lead, Social Justice Warriors meetings.

  • When appropriate, work with Student Council on matters related to equity, justice, and belonging.

  • When appropriate, work with White Mountain administrators on matters related to equity, justice, and belonging.

National Honor Society (NHS)

White Mountain also maintains an active organizational affiliation with the National Honor Society (NHS). Much more than an honor roll, NHS is a distinctive multifaceted learning experience that helps students make an impact and prepare for their college journey and career through service-learning, leadership training, and character development. 

We announce and celebrate new NHS inductees each semester. For more information about the NHS chapter at White Mountain, please email Dinah Gray.