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2024 John Kirby Simon '79 Community Service Awards Presented

During School Meeting on May 14, the Director of Community Service, Melissa Koomson, honored four students with the 2024 John Kirby Simon '79 Awards. These students distinguished themselves by their significant service contributions, upholding a strong dedication to serving others. The accolades were distributed across each class, with one student from every grade level receiving recognition. 

Choate Commencement Speaker 2024 Announced

On Tuesday, May 7, Head of School Alex D. Curtis announced that accomplished actor and filmmaker Adrian Grenier will deliver Commencement remarks to the Class of 2024. Grenier starred in the popular television series Entourage, and Clickbait, as well as the films The Devil Wears Prada and Marauders. He is also a passionate environmentalist. 

National Merit® Scholarship Winners

The National Merit Scholarship Program has named four sixth formers as Winners for the 2024 National Merit Scholarship award. The four are Claire Liu, Wallingford, Conn.; Melody Qian, Wallingford, Conn.; Grace M. Wu, Middleton, Wis., and Isabella Wu, Stonybrook, N.Y. 

Carr Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony

Dr. Alex Curtis, Head of School, and the Choate Board of Trustees welcomed Michael J. Carr ’72 and his wife, Shelley Carr, back in April for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new welcome and admission center, Carr Hall. Carr, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees (2011 – 2019), reflected on the influence the School has had on his life trajectory. “Choate has given me so much throughout my life, I felt compelled to give back in a way that helps others to find the best versions of themselves, too. At the heart of this campus, Carr Hall will be an actual and symbolic place to come together, to create community, and to have young people imagine what their lives could be here at Choate. This place is truly special, and I am honored to not only be part of its past, but its future.”  

Award-winning Journalists to Choate Students: Imperative to Care

During a panel on global peacekeeping, politics, and civil discourse, three award-winning journalists told Choate students, faculty, and staff that they are inviting people to care with their work, and that in the face of divisions we need to care more about each other. Journalists Nicholas Kristof, Aaron David Miller, and Robin Wright spoke during the event moderated by Teacher Jonas Akins. Following the event held in Ann and George Colony Hall on April 17, each panelist met with smaller groups of School community members in optional afternoon break-out sessions. 

Alumni Award Honoree Advises Students: “You’ve Got to Find Your Life”

Theatrical Producer Thomas M. Viertel ’59 entertained Choate students, faculty, and staff with stories of Broadway shows on April 9 when he received the 2024 Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Award. The award recognizes alumni whose outstanding professional achievements have brought prestige to the School. Alex D. Curtis, Head of School, presented the award at School Meeting and said Viertel’s time at Choate foreshadowed his Broadway career.  

Serving Up Improved Dining at Hill House

Centered at the hub of campus life, a newly renovated Hill House dining servery, scheduled to open in Spring 2025, will meet the needs of today’s Choate community. The expanded servery will offer more space and flexibility to offer regional, international, and cultural cuisine as well as a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and allergy aware offerings. 

National Merit® Scholarship Finalists Named

The National Merit Scholarship Program has named nine sixth formers as Finalists for the 2024 National Merit Scholarship award. The nine are Elsa M. Franks, Stewartstown, N.H.; Claire Liu, Wallingford, Conn.; Melody Qian, Wallingford, Conn.; David Z. Wang, San Ramon, Calif.; Vika H. Wei, Raleigh, N.C.; Aubrie Williams, Madison, Conn.; Grace M. Wu, Middleton, Wis.; Isabella Wu, Stonybrook, N.Y., and Kaden Wu, Clifton Park, N.Y.