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75th Anniversary Album (1923-1998)

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Roger F. Duncan (1916-2010).

Kennebec Academy

Kennebec Academy is the name of an imagined Maine boarding school, described vividly and reflectively in the book’s chapters by Roger F. Duncan as he presents an account of a year in its life. The chapters were mostly not written in a consecutive narrative, however, but as spontaneous essays addressing the values and development of human character and spirit that can be so powerful in the crucible of a secondary school community, sometimes just at the moment they were most needed and helpful.

Hill graduates of the 1970s and early 1980s will remember encountering certain of these chapters as morning talks delivered by Mr. Duncan in the Hamilton Chapel. How well he knew boys’ susceptibility to being drawn in to an intriguing story, peopled by characters of sure relevance to their own lives and facing challenges similar or identical to theirs.  “Honesty”, “generosity”, “community”, “sensitivity”, “self-confidence”, “teamwork”, among other human capacities, were to him worth discussing, understanding and acquiring. In his carefully crafted and often poignant 15-minute talks, Mr. Duncan led boys closer to these values and with greater enthusiasm on their part than might have been aroused by even the most sympathetic preceptor. And the whole remains a memorable and enduring sum of its parts. 

We commend Kennebec Academy to all readers who knew or admired Mr. Duncan and who put their stock in school communities. And we thank wholeheartedly the author’s brother Donald for his labor of love in transcribing the manuscripts of the work and making them available to Belmont Hill and a wider readership.
-Harold Prenatt, 2013

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The Story of Belmont Hill 1923-1983

by Roger F. Duncan, 1985

Roger Duncan's Kennebec Academy

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Chapel Talks by Rick Melvoin

Rick Melvoin, former Ronald M. Druker '62 Head of School delivered his first Chapel Talk on September 9, 1993, the first day of school in his first year as head of school. For the next 25 years, Dr. Melvoin would traditionally deliver three such talks a year: the first day of school, the first day after Winter Break, and the first day after Spring Break. In 2007, the School printed Chapel Talks, a compilation of some of Dr. Melvoin's most memorable speeches to the boys. Two subsequent volumes were published in 2009 and 2011. As Dr. Melvoin concluded his 25-year career on the Hill, this compilation-which includes the first three volumes, and seven new Chapel Talks-in chronological order, tracing the arc of changing times yet also steadfast values. 

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