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The Circle of Excellence

On this year’s Tabor Day, October 5, the Tabor community will celebrate the school’s inaugural Circle of Excellence. This newly formed honor, established in the tradition of the school’s past Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement Awards, celebrates members of our school community for their contributions and service to Tabor and the world. The Circle of Excellence recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through professional, academic, artistic, and personal achievements, as well as leadership, service, and philanthropic impact. This unique recognition honors those who personify Tabor’s mission through their life-long love of learning, passion for high achievement, committed citizenship, personal responsibility, and care for others.

Along with all the previous recipients of the Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement Awards, Tabor Academy is proud to announce the 2019 award recipients of the inaugural Circle of Excellence:

1. Elizabeth Taber (In Memoriam), Tabor Academy’s visionary founder and first philanthropist. We honor her passion and generosity.

2. Walter Lillard (In Memoriam), Tabor Academy’s fifth Headmaster. Lillard’s leadership and vision embraced the school’s proximity to the sea, including adopting the school motto, All-A-Taut-O, moving the campus to its waterfront location, and transforming Tabor’s athletic and academic programs. We honor his vision and values.

3. William Phelps ’74, the Co-Founder of Wetzel’s Pretzels, Blaze Pizza, and Dave’s Hot Chicken, is a successful entrepreneur whose innovative approach has led him to develop new business models into profitable franchise networks. A former trustee of Tabor Academy, Bill’s energy and vision were critical to the transformational growth of our school. We honor his passion for excellence and ingenuity.

4. Jacqueline Shire ’84, who works for the United Nations Security Council, is involved in work to prevent the financing of terrorism. Throughout her career, Jacqueline has sought to promote diplomatic solutions to problems while maintaining and strengthening international peace and security. We honor her commitment to fostering world peace.

5. Jonathan Callaghan ’87 is the Co-Founder of True Ventures, an early stage venture capitalist firm that has been an early partner in leading companies like Fitbit, Peloton, Blue Bottle Coffee, Sweetgreeen, Ring, Goodreads, and others. An impactful mentor, Jon is driven by his deep belief that the power of human creativity is necessary to improve our world. We honor his pursuit of innovation.

6. Amy Richards ’88 is an author, producer, and organizer on issues of gender, racial, economic, and social justice. Amy has become a leading voice for feminist issues and an advocate for women as she shapes policies, practices, and conversation around women’s rights. We honor her devotion to human rights, equality, and inclusion.
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  • Science@Work Lecture

    With the persistence of environmental change, people across the world are experimenting daily with different adaptive methods on the ground. With support from National Geographic and The Redford Center, filmmaker Alizé Carrère has been documenting innovative human adaptations in places such as Madagascar, Bangladesh, Vanuatu, Norway and the United States. From floating farms in Bangladesh to ice pyramids in the Himalayas, these stories reveal incredible ingenuity and resourcefulness in the face of environmental adversity. Alizé shares her experiences from the field looking at these unique examples of human adaptation, reminding us of the most important trait that has allowed for our continued survival on earth.

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  • Lessons & Carols

    Please join the Tabor Academy choristers for a traditional holiday concert of Christmas music on December 15 at 7:30 PM in Wickenden Chapel, 86 Spring Street, Marion, MA. The event is free and open to the public. The concert will be live-streamed on the Tabor Academy Facebook page.
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    Please join John Quirk, Head of School and hosts
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