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Commencement: Hugs, Smiles, and Tears

 May 21, 2017 — "It's going to be hard to leave home." The words of Abby Mihaly, senior orator at NMH's Commencement ceremony, couldn't have been more true. Yet she and her fellow graduates also celebrated all that lies ahead for them, urged on by Commencement speaker Frank Shorter '65, the 1972 Olympic marathoner, who advised them not to think about the "what-if's" and the "if-only's." "Just go...More

Commencement 2017: The Big Day Is Coming!

The Class of 2017 will complete its academic journey at Northfield Mount Hermon on Sunday, May 21. The 134th Commencement exercises start at 11 am on Thorndike Field.  Frank Shorter, who won the 1972 Olympic marathon and sparked a running boom across the United States, will give the Commencement address. He is a 1965 NMH graduate. Peter Fayroian, NMH’s head of school, said, “Frank embodies so...More

Student Qualifies for International Science Competition

NMH sophomore Ian Lim was awarded first place in the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair for his project about microorganisms and freshwater gasoline spills.  Lim says he had noticed a lack of attention to and research on this topic, and devised a project to look for ways of counteracting gasoline damage to freshwater ecosystems. Specifically, Lim says he “constructed an array of...More

NMH Senior Wins International Essay Contest

 May 5, 2017 — Northfield Mount Hermon senior Eniola Ajao is one of 10 winners of the international Facing History Together Student Essay Contest. She wins a $5,000 Upstander Scholarship. Ajao’s essay, “On Ubuntu” (the Swahili word for “human-ness”), reflects on the “kindness and courage” she witnessed after moving from Abuja, Nigeria, to Amherst, Massachusetts, and the impact those actions have...More

Junior a Top Scorer in National Chemistry Olympiad

May 3, 2017 — NMH junior Michelle Lee has finished in the top 20 of the 1,000 students who took the National Chemistry Olympiad exam. Last year, she placed 152nd among the 1,000 students nationwide who took the exacting examination. Lee and other top-20 scorers will attend a two-week study camp this June in Colorado. There, they'll receive intensive coaching in all branches of chemistry from...More