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Hilltop Happenings

Reunion and Spring Family Weekend
Kristina Miller
Reunion and SFW

Reunion and Spring Family Weekend May 7-8, 2021

This year, we brought the Hilltop to alumni and parents for our Reunion and Spring Family Weekend! The weekend of virtual events kicked off with a student panel where alumni had the chance to hear from the boys themselves. The panel concluded with some Q&A from alums which led to exciting networking opportunities around summer internships for the boys. The Sarum Brotherhood working its magic yet again!

Over 350 fans tuned in to cheer on the Crimson Knights varsity baseball team as they took home a 5-0 win over Canterbury. The Sarum spirit continued into the evening as alumni took on faculty in a virtual trivia game show. Ted Ahrens ’04 swept for alumni and chalked up three W’s while Headmaster Chandler was hot on his heels with a few wins on the board for faculty.

We were honored to host guest speaker, Dr. Jill Walsh, who spoke to families about best practices when it comes to screen time for adults and children alike. Dr. Walsh highlighted the various opportunities and challenges presented by technology and digital scialization that can often be tricky to navigate.

Attendees tuned into watch the State of the School with Salisbury Leadership. Together, they gave alumni and families the inside scoop on how the Hilltop has continued to proudly prevail.

Families connected with our College Advising experts for individual meetings with advisors as well as webinars offered to each form. The learning continued as the Salisbury Book Club convened for a discussion on Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed. Having taught it to his Modes of Expression class just this year, Instructor of English Dick Curtis ’91 (Hon.), P ’06 led alumni and families through a fruitful discussion in tandem with colleague and director of the Phinny Library Dr. James King.

Sarum spread like wildfire across the country as over 1,400 superfans tuned in to watch the livestreamed broadcast of the Crimson Knights varsity lacrosse team take on Brunswick. To round out the day we invited alumni and families to “sip” back and relax while winemaker Leslie Renaud of Martin Ray Winery walked through her process for Martin Ray’s chardonnay, rosé, and pinot noir wines. Salisbury’s very own Director of Dining Services Tony Fraenkel shared a delicious spread of food pairings to accompany each wine while Jim Kennedy from Salisbury Wines concluded the evening with some Q&A on all things wine.

In addition to our live events dispersed throughout the weekend, alumni had access to on-demand programming that consisted of alumni Hilltop Talks, a virtual campus tour, and fun student-produced content.