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More than 6,400 individuals comprise Blair’s active alumni community.
Social media sites make it easier for us to keep you connected to Blair, as there is always an interesting story to tell about an alumnus, a current student or teacher, a campus event, an upcoming regional gathering, or any number of “happenings” in the lives of the School’s community members. We remain committed to connecting with all of you. So please keep following us!
Jenny Maine, Director of Alumni Relations
As the holiday season gets under way, many people take a moment to consider end-of-year charitable gifts to organizations that have made a difference in their lives or in the lives of loved ones. Giving Tuesday, celebrated globally for the past four years on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, has become a popular day for actually making those gifts, as donors become part of a worldwide movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy.
Brad McNamara was working in the rooftop greenhouse industry when he became aware of the need for change in the infrastructure of food production, especially in urban areas. He teamed up with a colleague, Jon Friedman, to found Freight Farms, a Boston-based startup company that allows “any average Joe” to cultivate fresh produce from just about anywhere.
Over the course of the fall semester, Blair’s admission office has met with prospective families around the world, sharing with them the School’s commitment to superior academic preparation and relationship-based learning. Since September, faculty members have attended 30 secondary school placement fairs and hosted meetings and receptions in 15 U.S. states and 11 countries.
Pascal Soares, Honorary French Counsul, left, and members of the Penn Yan American Legion Post applaud Archer Martin, who received France's highest honor Nov. 14.
Over the course of the fall semester, Blair students, faculty and staff have been busy baking bread, cookies and other delicious treats to be enjoyed by families served by Blairstown’s local food pantry during the holiday season.
In the spirit of world-renowned TED Conferences where compelling ideas are shared through short, powerful speeches, Blair hosted the first-ever TEDxBlairAcademy on November 11 in collaboration with Gill St. Bernard’s School.
At Thursday evening’s Fall Concert, the Blair community had the opportunity to hear the traditional repertoire mastered by student musicians in the Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Jazz Ensemble and Singers. The November 19 performance included some especially challenging pieces, as well as a number of relatable, fun pieces that showcased the skill, talent and range of Blair’s instrumental and vocal ensembles.
Stan Spraitzar '67, a senior cyber strategist and advisor to the National Security Agency (NSA), returned to campus on November 17 to address the Society of Skeptics on cyber intelligence and the “critical role” it plays in our daily lives.
Despite gloomy morning skies, sunshine and warm weather met Blair runners during the afternoon Fall Run on November 11. More than 100 student, faculty and staff participants enjoyed the opportunity to get some fresh air while traversing Blair’s challenging 3.1-mile cross country course.
In a heartfelt show of gratitude to the men and women who keep our country safe, the Blair community celebrated Veteran’s Day by creating special “thank you” cards for alumni members of the U.S. armed forces.
One of the preeminent boarding schools in the United States, Blair Academy provides students with a superior college preparatory education and rich community life.