Harpeth Hall is an outstanding school for girls thanks to the women who have come before us – from Ward Seminary, Ward-Belmont, and Harpeth Hall, it was a pleasure to honor you and thank you.
Ward-Belmont alumnae and Milestones Society were welcomed back to campus on Tuesday, April 3, to connect with each other and meet current students interested in learning about their experience. The morning began with a heartfelt welcome and school update from Board of Trustees Chair, Emily Cate Tidwell, Class of 1975, followed by an impressive orchestra performance from the Advanced Middle School Strings group.
Naomi Haddock, Class of 2018 and a fourth-generation Harpeth Hall/Ward-Belmont student, took to the podium to impart what the Harpeth Hall experience means to her and her family, and the special place it will always hold in their hearts. As she prepares to close her chapter as a student at Harpeth Hall, Naomi shared her confidence in the many lessons Harpeth Hall has taught her.
"As my time at the Hall comes to a close, I will soon be walking across Souby Lawn in a long white dress of my own, and the idea of graduation will no longer feel so unattainable. I know that my time here has prepared me to face any obstacle that may arise. The legacy of those who came before me helped pave the way for my future, and I am excited to leave my mark for those yet to come," said Haddock.
Grace Stumb Barbieri, Class of 2010, also a fourth-generation Harpeth Hall graduate and currently Harpeth Hall's Middle School History and Social Sciences Teacher, introduced the 5th grade Oral History Project. The eager and excited 5th grade students joined the alumnae and immediately dove into interviewing them for their project. Armed with notebooks and pencils, they took copious notes, asked questions, and listened intently to the stories of those who came before them. Fifth grader, Lucy Callen, Class of 2025, spoke about her experience interviewing the alumnae.
"Mrs. Naomi Corinne King emphasized the importance of studying. She said, 'Studying is discipline for the mind!'"
The event concluded singing both The Bells of Ward-Belmont and the Harpeth Hall Alma Mater.
"Harpeth Hall is an outstanding school for girls thanks to the women who have come before us – from Ward Seminary, Ward-Belmont, and Harpeth Hall, it was a pleasure to honor you and thank you," -- Emily Cate Tidwell '75.