For the Blair Academy community, Alumni Weekend is a cherished moment of annual celebration. It’s a time when friends and classmates return to a campus that holds many memories, reunite with old friends whom they may not have seen in years, make new connections with graduates from other classes, and most importantly, share their stories.
In what promised to be an outstanding celebration of camaraderie, alumni reunited for a single-day celebration on August 14, with festivities kicking off the night before to honor the 25th and 50th reunion classes.
“Above all, we were excited to see our alumni return to campus and see each other, many for the first time in a very long time,” said Director of Alumni Relations Shaunna Murphy. “Although this didn't look similar to previous years’ celebrations, we hope that alumni continued to create great memories from this event.”
Of course, there was plenty to do throughout the entire weekend. On Friday evening, members of the graduating classes of 1970, 1971, 1995 and 1996 came together for dinner and cocktails under the stars at Sharpe House. The action continued on Saturday as alumni attended the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the awards presentation.
Blair established the Hall of Fame in 2016 to recognize the men and women who have distinguished themselves and Blair on the athletic fields, or who have contributed to the development of athletics at the School. To be considered for membership, nominees must have exhibited the highest caliber of athletic accomplishment at Blair and have been outstanding members of the community in the areas of scholastic achievement, citizenship, integrity and moral character.
The 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame Class included Janet (Jones) Harrington ’76, Melissa Henderson Koenig ’84, Chris Nallen ’00, Patrick Santoro ’85 and Steven Mocco ’01. The 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame Class included Jan Hutchinson, Tom Hutchinson, the 1954-55 Football Team and the 1987-1988 Softball Team.
Of course, Saturday included the traditional lunch picnic followed by a variety of activities for recreation enthusiasts from co-ed softball and basketball games to a hike through the Siegel Property and a visit to the new Merrifield Meditation Garden. In addition, the class of 2020 had the opportunity to gather and reconnect with a lunch and presentation on Sharpe House Lawn.
“Alumni Weekend 2021 promised to be a relaxing day on campus to enjoy time together,” Mrs. Murphy said. “We put together an event that brought out everyone's Blair spirit, and we hope that attendees had a wonderful time!”
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