From its beginnings as a religious service affiliated with the Episcopal church to its current form as an opportunity for mindfulness, celebration, and cross-cultural learning, Rowland Hall's chapel program continues to evolve.
In the 35 years since its founding, 16 Rowmark alumni have been named to the U.S. Ski Team, and most of those have competed in the Olympics. Self-coaching techniques and efficient training schedules ultimately help our ski racers succeed at the highest level.
Ask older alumnae of Rowland Hall what their favorite tradition is, and many will name Candle and Carol. Modeled after the English Lessons and Carols services of the late 19th century, the Rowland Hall evening program began in 1917 as a celebration of the holiday season. Traditionally held in St. Margaret's Chapel, and later at St. Mark's Cathedral, the service includes music, scripture readings, and dances performed by students.
Rowland Hall has observed a handful of different anniversaries during the past 50 years, which has left some in the community confused about the math behind our sesquicentennial celebration. They might remember celebrating 125 years not too long ago, and wonder: how and when did 1867 become the date we cite as the school's founding?
For Eric Oehlerich, Aspen Sulte, and Terri Kindness, service is a way of life. It's not hard to understand how their intense schedules, along with acute knowledge of the risks they face keep them focused on living each moment to its fullest.
Train daily for a month. Focus on even the smallest details to shave milliseconds off your time. Travel across the country to a race. Crash right out of the gate. Your weekend's over.
It's a seemingly discouraging chain of events for ski racers. But it primed Hank Shipman '13 for perseverance after a near-fatal Rowmark Ski Academy car accident April 9, 2011.