MANCHESTER - Estelle Burgess '79 (of Manchester Center, VT) received an Alumni Citation at her 35th Reunion at Northfield Mount Hermon School earlier this month, given in recognition of outstanding volunteers at NMH and in the Alumni Association.

Alumni who have attended Christmas Vespers in the past 10 years chances have seen her ushering people into the chapel. Those who have attended reunion in the past six years have seen her greeting alumni as chair of the Reunion Advisory Committee. And members of the Class of '79 have been cajoled by Burgess to come back and to give generously.

Burgess credits NMH with helping her figure out who she is. At the school, she was surrounded by students and adults who saw her for what she could do, and not for what she couldn't do. Dick and Lynn Kellom helped her feel at home on campus (and still do). Bill Hillebrand worked hard with her to develop good writing skills and taught her to persevere in whatever she was doing, until she was satisfied that she had done her best. Her Gould dorm heads, the Bradys, welcomed her and everyone in the dorm, making the transition to life away from home manageable. Burgessfeels that NMH empowered her with the confidence to tackle many obstacles in her life.

Since her days at the school, there has been no stopping her. She has owned several businesses, raised a family, and given back to her community. The values she gained at NMH continue to guide her in all that she chooses to do.


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Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) is an independent, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and postgraduates, with a mission to provide an exceptional, multidimensional education for the "head, heart, and hand." Located in the hills of western Massachusetts, NMH balances academic excellence and a challenging college-preparatory curriculum with opportunities in athletics, the arts, international studies, and service work. Students are encouraged to pursue their passions and discover new ones. They are empowered by expert faculty and staff to act with humanity and purpose and to understand their potential=8Bin the NMH community, in college, and in the world. The international alumni population numbers more than 30,000.