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Our supportive and personal academic program ensures that students are well prepared and confident to meet the opportunities of higher education, the realities of the future of work, and the obligations of global citizenship.

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Learning is real and relevant. Critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication take center stage in each course as students tackle real-world problems. 

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Together, students explore their own values, engage with people who think and behave differently, and use their voice for good. 

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A 21st-Century Twist To Celebrate Nearly 130 Years of Tradition

On Wednesday, October 5, Kents Hill School hosted Hebron Academy for a revamped version of the Chair Exchange Game, a tradition dating back almost 30 years. 

On Wednesday, October 5, Kents Hill School hosted Hebron Academy for a revamped version of the Chair Exchange Game, a tradition dating back almost 30 years. 

The History: In 1993 former Headmaster, Rist Bonnefond, and then Headmaster at Hebron, Dick Davidson began the Chair Exchange Game with a football game. 1993 commemorated 100 consecutive years of competition between Kents Hill School and Hebron Academy. 
From that inaugural year, the tradition grew. The game was typically played at a neutral site under the lights, the most notable location being Bates College. Football Alumni from each program would attend to cheer on their team. Both teams and guests usually hosted a dinner before the game. It is customary for the Kents Hill Head of School to wear a bear coat that has been past down from Head to Head. At the conclusion of the game, the chair would be brought out to the 50-yard line and presented to the winning Head of School from that year's contest. The outcome of each meeting since has been recorded on the underside of the chair(s) - there are now two. 

Kents Hill’s Head of School, Christopher Cheney, and Hebron Academy’s Head of School, Patrick Phillips, examine the bottom of “The Chair”. 


In 2019 both football programs moved to 8-man football and then in 2020 Kents Hill discontinued its football program. The Chair Exchange Game was transferred to a girls varsity soccer game. 
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Chair Exchange Game was not played. 2021 marks the first time it took place at a varsity girls soccer game. To set the stage with a girl’s sporting event adds a 21st-century twist to nearly 130 years of tradition in a way that honors not only each respective school's history but also celebrates just how far women and girls in sports have come. 
The Chair Exchange Game salutes one of the longest high school rivalries in the United States. Hebron’s Athletic Director, Caddy Brooks addressed the crowd stating, “This marks 129 years of Hebron and Kents Hill playing each other in a sport. That is a healthy, healthy rivalry. The fact that we can celebrate that with a game as we remember and honor those who wore these same uniforms for 129 years.”
Cheney added, “I think its really important for our schools to lead the way and say it is not just about boy’s sports but it’s about all sports. It's time for us to look to young women.”

The 2022 Game: The first half was a 0-0 battle, with Kents Hill Huskies controlling most of the possession. The Huskies posted 19 shots forcing Hebron’s goalkeeper, Beatrice Money ’23 to make multiple quality saves. The Huskies finally broke through the Lumberjack’s defense in the 39th minute, with a well-placed shot from C. Landry ’23 that found the back of the net. Landry ’23 was assisted by striker L. Artigas ’23. With only seconds to go in the half, Kents Hill found success again with an unassisted goal from midfielder N. McGadney ’23. This put the Huskies in control going into halftime, 2-0.

In the second half, Landry ’23 added another goal, assisted by McGadney ’23. The Huskies continued to edge the Lumberjacks in possession for the second half. The final goal of the match came from a Hebron own-goal off of a Z. Cheney ’24 shot to finish 4-0.  Kents Hill’s strong team defending and a stingy back line gave up few opportunities for Hebron. The Lumberjacks had 4 shots on goal that Husky goalkeeper C. Levengood ’24 met with 4 saves. Hebron’s Money ’23 finished the match with 11 saves.

The Huskies are 5-2 overall this season and undefeated against NEPSAC Class D schools. They are back in action on October 8, for another NEPSAC matchup against Gould. 

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With Love, from The Hill


If we haven’t met yet, my name is Nora Castonguay. I’m a three year senior here on The Hill, and I live a short 10 minutes from campus. I hope to go on to study journalism, so I started this project to jumpstart my credentials and gain a sense of the writing and media world. Besides writing, I also love reading, fashion, and posting on qq. I play field hockey in the fall, and also devote some time to Kents Hill’s literary magazine, Juxtapose. Other than that, you’ll probably catch me in the Student Center, or as we call it the Stu, ordering copious amounts of iced coffee and breakfast sandwiches, or hanging out in the Library listening to Lana Del Ray and procrastinating my statistics homework (sorry, Mr. Christiansen). So, that’s a bit about me. As far as this project goes, there’s a lot to get excited about. I’ll be covering everything from student life to academics, from faculty interviews to mic’d-up sports practices. Stay tuned for next week’s post: a day in the life of your favorite student body prez, Corey Perne. 


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Celebrating Academic Excellence

Take a look back at our end-of-year academic awards. We celebrated our seniors as well as our underclassmen. Dr. Priest, Dean of Academics, said, “I’m really happy to celebrate (the) award winners--God knows they deserve it--but I’d also like to regard this event as a celebration of Kents Hill itself. It’s been a good year.”

Senior Awards

On Friday, May 27th the Kents Hill community came together to celebrate the Class of 2022. Head of School, Chris Cheney welcomed everyone and invited seniors who have been at Kents Hill for one, two, or three years to march in. Mr. Cheney then invited the four-year seniors to take their reserved seats in the front row. Four year seniors were welcomed with a standing ovation for their impact on The Hill over the last four years.


Banner Award

Voted on by the senior class, it goes to the student, in their opinion, who has best demonstrated their class core value. This year's graduating class’s core value was Friendship. The 2022 recipient of the Banner Award is Kevin M. ’22.

James Hansen Award

This award was given to a senior who, in the judgment of their classmates, best demonstrates the enthusiasm for life and love of Kents Hill that Mr. Hansen personified. The 2022 recipient of the James Hansen Award is Jackson M. ’22.

Mainely Character Scholarship

This special award was presented by Sue Leighton, Curt Mildner, and Anne Cass from Mainely Character. Mainely Character Scholarships are awarded based on an applicant’s character. They do not consider academic achievement, athletic prowess, musical ability, artistic talent, or financial need.

The four aspects of a student’s character are considered when making an award.

Courage: Taking risks and following your own conscience with fearlessness.

Integrity: Being truthful and trustworthy to oneself and others.

Responsibility: Conveying an attitude of commitment and conviction.

Concern: Demonstrating compassion and caring attitude towards others, and helping them achieve their best.

A 2022 Mainely Character Scholarship recipient is Jackson M. ’22 


Grades 9-11 Academic Awards Celebration


On May 2nd the entire Kents Hill community gathered one more time in the Bodman to celebrate Grades 9-11 academic achievements. This celebration marked the formal end of the school year for all students except seniors.


Dr. Priest, Dean of Academics, opened the ceremony by discussing the difficulties students face with academics during COVID-19. He said, “We’re delivering that alternative well. I’m really happy to celebrate today’s award winners--God knows they deserve it--but I’d also like to regard this afternoon’s event as a celebration of Kents Hill itself. It’s been a good year.”


First-Year Awards 

The Crystal Chase Award is given to a first-year who combines a serious commitment to academics with enthusiastic involvement in all aspects of school life. It is awarded in the memory of Crystal Chase, Class of 1899. The 2022 recipient of the Crystal Chase Award is Jonah J. ’25.


The Warren E. Thamarus Award is presented annually to a first-year who, through their character, scholarship, and dedication, best exemplifies the educational philosophy of Mr. Thamarus: to do your best. The 2022 recipient of the Warren E. Thamarus Award is Ben S. ’25.


The Kents Hill Award for Academic Achievement is given to four first-year students for educational commitment, growth, or improvement. The first-year recipients of this award are Will P. ’25, Trevor B. ’25, Ashley C. ’25, and Avery R. ’25. 


We typically welcome at least a few new teachers every year, and in my view, this too is part of the special sauce: part of the unique culture of teaching and learning that makes Kents Hill a good school. Today’s faculty speaker is not a new teacher per se, but she was new to Kents Hill this year.


Sophomore Awards 

The Glenn Dana Award was established by the Class of 1974 in memory of their classmate, Glenn Alexander Dana. It is awarded to a student who demonstrates academic and athletic promise, respect for others, and a zest for life. The 2022 recipient is Sarah M-R ’24.


The Stuart Payne Robinson Award is given to the student who accepts the moral and intellectual challenges of life without fear and gives of self whenever called. The 2022 recipient of the Stuart Payne Robinson Award is Tanner C. ’24.


We also give the Kents Hill Award for Academic Achievement to four sophomore students for their educational commitment, growth, or improvement. The four sophomore recipients are Gabrielle L. ’24, Eli R. ’24, Anna R. ’24, and Lily J. ’24. 


Kents Hill School also honors several Distinguished Scholars every year. Each Distinguished Scholar award is given to the student from his or her class who has the highest grade point average. Our 2022 Distinguished Scholars are: from the first-year class, Sarp Y. ’25; from the sophomore class, Morgan T. ’24; and from the junior class, Kaila D. ’23


Junior Awards

The Rensselaer Medal is given by Kents Hill’s Math and Science Departments and is awarded to a junior with an outstanding record in Math and Science. This year’s winner of the Rensselaer Medal is Kaila D. ’23.


The Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award is presented to the junior who has demonstrated excellence in Science. The winner of the 2022 Bausch and Lomb Award is Austin W. ’23.


The Eric Nesler Plote Award is awarded to a junior in memory of Eric Plote, Class of 1989, who became a leader of this school community through his own determination, perseverance, and goodwill. It gives me great pleasure to give the Eric Nesler Plote Award to Aidan B. ’23.


The Jennie Flood Kreger Award was established in 1937 by Jennie Flood Kreger. It nominates a junior who is outstanding in character and scholarship. The 2022 recipient of the Jennie Flood Kreger Award is Clara E-L. ’23.


The William W. Dunn Award is awarded in memory of William W. Dunn, Headmaster of Kents Hill School from 1942 to 1965, whose lifelong interest was to develop in every student the desire to achieve his or her individual potential and to serve the community. The 2022 recipient of the William W. Dunn Award is Sage M. ’23.


The International Student Award is given to an international student in the senior or junior class who is a respected leader in the school and who has made significant academic and social contributions to the school community. We’re giving two International Student Awards this year. One of them is going to a senior, who we’ll announce at graduation, and the other goes to George P. ’23.


Traditionally, the Cameron Dow ’12 Scholarship was awarded to a male boarding student rising into the 12th grade who, like Cameron, was quietly altruistic, a loyal and respected friend, had compassion for all living things, and possessed innate wisdom and courage beyond his years. This year the Kents Hill faculty made two changes to this award: we decided to give the Scholarship to two students and we decided to disentangle it from its original single-gender designation. This year’s recipients (plural) of the Cameron Dow ’12 Scholarship are Holden Hall and Naomi McGadney.


The Phi Beta Kappa Award is awarded to a junior who is striving to go on to higher education and who has demonstrated intellectual curiosity and achievement beyond the classroom. The 2022 winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Award is Cordell P .’23.


College Book Awards


The Smith College Book Award is awarded to the young woman in the junior class who exemplifies academic achievement, leadership, and a concern for others. The 2022 winner of the Smith College Book Award is Naomi M. ’23.


The Williams Book Award is given to a junior who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and has made a significant contribution to the extracurricular life of the school. The 2022 winner of the Williams Book Award is Phoebe S. ’23.


The Dartmouth College Award is awarded to a member of the junior class with outstanding personal character, intellectual promise, and exemplary citizenship. The 2022 recipient of the Dartmouth College Award is Rose J. ’23.

The Yale Book Award is awarded to a member of the junior class with outstanding personal character and intellectual promise. The 2022 recipient of the Yale Book Award is Alex C. ’23.

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