Stefanie B. Valar ‘72

"Special St. Mary’s memories include jubilation when our all-female soccer team played Holderness’s JV all-male team… and won; tearing around Cannon’s slopes on Mountain Day; wonderful visits with Mr. and Mrs. S. at their home deep in the woods near campus..."
I grew up in Franconia, N.H. and was a day student for four years. My parents, Paul and Paula Valar, taught skiing at the school from 1950 until 1970. A product of public schools, I found myself academically challenged for the first time and had to step up my game, for which I will be forever grateful. Mrs. McIlwaine and Mrs. Logsdon taught me how to write. Mr. Whitten introduced me to the concept of a long reading list and coached me in soccer. Mr. Hayes taught me math (a real challenge) and drove me to my Wellesley College interview. “Mr. S.” (Stephenson) nurtured my fascination with the natural world. Mrs. Walsh made sure I had the books I needed to do research papers. Thanks to them and others, I graduated from Dartmouth College in 1976 as a member of its first four-year co-ed class.
 
Special St. Mary’s memories include jubilation when our all-female soccer team played Holderness’s JV all-male team… and won; tearing around Cannon’s slopes on Mountain Day; wonderful visits with Mr. and Mrs. S. at their home deep in the woods near campus; the student Secret Santa gift exchange each Christmas; and the headmaster of Holderness formally apologizing to our headmaster, Mr. McIlwaine, because Holderness boys had hidden microphones in the girls bathroom during a St. Mary’s/Holderness dance so they could hear what their dates said about them.

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THE WHITE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL

371 West Farm Road  •  Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574  •  603.444.2928
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire,
The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day
school for students grades 9-12/PG.