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Alumni Recognized for Outstanding Contributions

Alumni Recognized for Outstanding Contributions

Each spring, Choate Rosemary Hall recognizes the achievements of alumni from different corners of the country and world, who stand out for their varied and remarkable accomplishments.

The School is pleased to present the 2021 Alumni Award to Henry N. Hipps, III '90 for his work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the availability, awareness, and implementation of solutions that support teachers and increase student achievement in K-12 education. Henry has worked in other capacities in his career at the intersection of teacher and student support, solution development, and market-driven strategy to foster the improvement of curriculum, instructional tools, and education technology. Henry will accept the award at School Meeting on Monday, May 17 where he will share his wisdom and expertise with students, faculty, and staff.

On Thursday, May 13, as part of the kickoff to Reunion Weekend, we will honor both the 2020 and 2021 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award, Susan Barclay '85 and Thomas R. Wall, IV '76. Susan is awarded the 2020 DSA for her vision, commitment, hard work, and partnership with fellow alumni in building and growing the Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Association we know today. At present, the Alumni Association helps to host more 70 annual events, shares stories and photos online, and has more than 5,000 alumni engaging annually with the School.

Tom is awarded the 2021 DSA for his leadership and generosity in service of the School. Tom served on the Choate Rosemary Hall Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2009, served as Chair of the Investment Committee at the time of conversion from a committee structure to a CIO, and continues to serve on the Investment Committee to this day. In addition, Tom has been a generous donor and has hosted alumni events, as well as headlined a highly engaging Investment Panel in 2018.

On Friday, May 14, we will hold the 2021 Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The honorees range in their athletic accomplishments, each having a significant impact on the athletic history of the School and often wider contributions in their careers.

William McConnel '55 led the Choate track team, as a co-captain along with his twin brother John, to undefeated seasons in 1954 and 1955 and had a renowned coaching career at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh. Heidi Howard Allen '95 earned nine varsity letters and captained three sports – field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse at Choate and coached at Choate, Middlebury, and Bates College. Heather Lindman Woolbert '95 swam three years at Choate, holding two national records, four New England records, and 11 Choate records. Khari Stephenson '00 played soccer for Choate soccer for two years, helping the team win all three post-season championships. Khari played for the Jamaican National team, and professionally with the Chicago Fire, Kansas City Wizards, two Scandinavian teams, Real Salt Lake, and the San Jose Earthquakes.

William J. Harris '15 played three years of football at Choate, helping to lead the Wild Boars to the 2014 NEPSAC Bowl Championship title. After graduating from Boston College, he was drafted as a defensive back by the Detroit Lions. He has been with the Lions since 2019. Kyle A. Criscuolo '11 played two years of ice hockey at Choate, was a two-time captain of the Harvard Ice Hockey team, and now plays professionally. He was just assigned by the Detroit Red Wings organization to play with the Grand Rapid Griffins.

The 1980 Choate Football Team was the first Choate Rosemary Hall team to go undefeated, winning all 8 games of the season and allowing only 62 points and an average of 135 yards per game. The season was capped off with the team's 4th quarter comeback against Deerfield to go 8-0.

Alumni are encouraged to join the virtual Distinguished Service Award presentation on Thursday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m. EDT and the Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Sign-up will be live starting next week, on the Reunion 2021 page of the Reunion website at