Chatham Hall’s Class of 2021 graduated on May 22 in an outdoor ceremony on Pruden Lawn. Holding an on-campus, in-person graduation had been a goal for the entire School from the first day of a year noticeably impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jostens has announced that Chatham Hall’s 2021 yearbook program has achieved the Silver National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies literacy.
Carolyn Whatley ’23 began her Girl Scout journey in kindergarten, and today is close to completing her senior Gold Award project to drive lasting change in the two communities in which she lives. Whatley, who lives both in eastern North Carolina and St. Croix, USVI, identified the need to transport shelter pets from the island in order to more efficiently find homes for them. To do this, she is raising money by making and selling her homemade pimento cheese, Carolyn’s Pimento Gold.
Dr. Beth Stephens '79 was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the creative arts. Dr. Stephens, a professor of art at the University of California Santa Cruz, was one of 184 artists, writers, scholars, and scientists to receive a 2021 Fellowship.
Lizzie-O Blackburn ‘22 began selling peaches in the summer about a decade ago. What started as a way to productively pass the time has flourished into a two-location business selling nearly 2,000 pounds of peaches each week.
In the Episcopal Church and in Episcopal schools, the Crucifer tends to the altar and carries the cross, leading the procession into the chapel and the recession out into the world again. The symbolism of this act is significant in that it is hoped that experiences in Chapel inform and inspire experiences out of Chapel.
On April 22, the Chatham Hall community joined the world in celebrating Earth Day. Having already hosted an Earth Day Chapel is Curtis’ Garden earlier in the week, the community began the day with a sunrise walk led by Alexa Keating ’22 followed by a LINK group information session led by Kennedy Martin ’22 and Whitney Byington ’22. Later in the day, the normal afternoon sports and arts time was reallocated to several environmentally friendly activities led by the Sustainability Club.
A good idea can be a powerful thing, especially when combined with tenacity, hard work, and teamwork. The six students of the Global Entrepreneurism class had all of these characteristics and a great idea: a food truck for the Chatham Hall community.
By the time Amy Keller Webber '97 was standing on a red carpet receiving career advice from actor Harrison Ford, she had already earned degrees from George Mason University and University of Durham, lived in Europe, moved to Los Angeles, and made a name for herself in the international press world with bylines in Vogue, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Self, and a monthly article in the Japanese issue of GQ - all within a decade of graduating from Chatham Hall.
As part of Chatham Hall’s Women’s History Month Celebration, community members came together to help create a public installation honoring the women who have taught, led, encouraged, supported, and inspired them.
In her February 2021 Winter Letter, Rector Rachel Connell announced to the Chatham Hall community that beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year the School would no longer offer the College Board’s Advanced Placement® (AP) courses. Instead, advanced courses would be created by faculty members and crafted specifically for Chatham Hall students.
For more than 125 years, Chatham Hall’s location has been described as many things — picturesque, remote, bucolic, rural. Unfortunately, such descriptions fail to take into account all that happens on the nearly 400 acres comprising the School’s campus. Dorm life, classroom experiences, afternoon activities, athletics and riding events, performances, experiments, friendships, and the list goes on. For the students, faculty, and staff of the Chatham Hall community, life on campus is rich and full.
When teens post on social media like TikTok or Snapchat, many don’t realize that a seemingly harmless video or comment could hurt other people or even haunt their online presence for years to come when colleges or potential employers Google them.
As Chatham Hall students prepare for college and eventual adulthood, understanding concepts like borrowing money, budgeting, and saving for the future is crucial to making smart financial decisions - especially for women. But like many schools across the U.S., Chatham Hall didn’t have a course devoted to personal finance until recently.
I am deeply saddened and angered by the horrific tragedy of yesterday’s Atlanta shootings, targeted at those of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, as we again mourn lives lost to violent and senseless attacks.
There are many ways students can spend their time away from campus over breaks. For Carolyn Whatley ’23, hers has recently been spent using her entrepreneurial skills to partner withSt. Croix Animal Welfare Centerand Paws from Paradise to help find forever homes for rescue animals.
Shannon Huth ’18 originally published Beyond the Patient: My battle with cancer and the nurses who carried me through my fight in Sweet Briar College’s Mindful Writer magazine. Below is a reflection she wrote in fall 2019 of her experiences on her journey through battling ovarian cancer the summer following her graduation from Chatham Hall. This essay is reprinted with permission.
On Feb. 27, Chatham Hall's Riding Program hosted the Interscholastic Equestrian Associations (IEA) Region 9 Regional Finals. This competition consisted of five high school and three middle school teams, as well as numerous individual competitors traveling from all over the region.
In December 2020, Velda Asare '22 and five other Chatham Hall students attended the virtual National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC). The conference is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of high school student leaders from across the world. According to the conference website, “SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participating students develop cross-cultural communication skills, design effective strategies for social justice practice through dialogue and the arts, and learn the foundations of allyship and networking principles.” Below, Asare reflects on her experience.
Kyra Rogers ’21 was recently named one of the top 21 youth leaders in Georgia by 21st Century Leaders (21CL), a Georgia-based youth leadership and talent development program for high school students from diverse backgrounds. The Georgia Youth Leadership Awards (GYLA) will be presented by WarnerMedia at a virtual event on March 25.
When the Tutu Turtles, Chatham Hall’s FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team, learned that they would be competing in a purely intramural season this year, it would have been easy for them to feel discouraged. Instead, they opted to look at the valuable opportunities that had just become available.
Each Friday, members of the Spiritual Life League meet with Chaplain Barksdale for lunch and conversation, and to plan upcoming programs and events for the students on campus. In early January, talk turned to Valentine’s Day traditions and how Barksdale and her mother used to make and deliver cards - and roses from her mother’s garden - to the most vulnerable members of their community. Inspired, students decided to put together their own project for the town of Chatham and Mission: Valentine was born.
Living Well at Chatham Hall is a commitment that health, wellness, and balance be at the center of all that the School does. This focus brings exciting opportunities not only to students, but to the adults in the Chatham Hall community as well.
In the words of Chaplain Barksdale in our Thursday evening reflection, the events of January 6 "will leave an indelible stain on US history. From the siege on the Capitol to the record number of deaths from COVID, we are enraged and saddened by such tragedy."
A girls' boarding and day school in southern Virginia, Chatham Hall prepares girls for college and for productive lives. Our innovative academic program offers advanced courses, global study and travel, as well as project-based learning. We foster the intellect and character of each student and, through our Honor Code, live in a community of trust. Grounded in its Episcopal heritage, the school welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.