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New school leader welcomed

CHARLEMONT — Mark Efinger was officially installed as head of school at The Academy at Charlemont on Saturday before a gathering of 125 parents, students, alumni, faculty, business leaders and friends of the school.

Board Chairman David Epstein (Class of 1987) welcomed guests, provided a brief account of the academy’s founding and growth, and issued a formal “charge” to Efinger, the third headmaster in the school’s 32-year history.

Keynote speaker Jill Ker Conway, former president of Smith College, offered a reflection on the value and “renaissance” character of an academy education in which all students are asked to expand their studies into the arts, athletics and academic “languages of all types.” From an educator’s perspective, Conway remarked on the student intellect, creativity, and engagement at the academy and made note of the “extraordinary” relationships between faculty and students she has observed there.

Conway asked those present to stand with Efinger during this transitional year, and to continue to offer generous support to a “remarkable school.”

Senior Kellie Rainville of Conway and long-time English teacher Nancy Henderson welcomed Efinger on behalf of fellow students and academic colleagues.

The Academy at Charlemont is an independent day school for grades 7 through 12.

Visit www.charlemont.org for more information.

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