Alumni

Welcome home, alumni.

Even though you have graduated, there are many ways to stay involved with Canterbury. Join us for events on campus including Homecoming, Alumni Tailgate, Fall Family Picnic, Alumnus Festivus, Laughing Cavalier, Trivia Night, Graduation and our many arts and sports events. Local and regional alumni gatherings happen throughout the year. There are also many opportunities to volunteer through the Alumni Association.

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The Class of 2016 had an amazing year at Canterbury High School as artists, athletes and scholars. All 90 of them graduated and have been accepted to colleges and universities. The entire class earned more than $8.2 million in merit scholarships. Where will they go next? Click the read more button to see the full list.

Please join us in celebrating retiring Headmaster Jonathan Hancock Sunday, June 12, from 2-4 p.m. on the Canterbury High School Lawn. Remarks will be at 3 p.m.

In possibly the wisest decision in its history, the school hired Jonathan Hancock in 1982. Jonathan was raised in England, where he received both a bachelor's and master's degree from Oxford University while studying the classics. He continued his studies at Harvard University, where he received a graduate degree in education. Jonathan also teaches seventh-grade Latin. He is retiring after 32 years of amazing accomplishments at Canterbury, and he will be greatly missed.

Click to see Mr. Hancock's Top 10 Memories and more.

The Middle School Houses are each named for the rivers and parks in Fort Wayne: Maumee House, St. Marys House, St. Joe House, Rockhill House, Headwaters House and Foster House. House Service Day is time for the students to learn more about these vital landmarks and how they can help sustain them. The students received education from community experts on the types of fish and wildlife in the rivers, also about water quality and deforestation regarding the Maumee River. For the service part of their day, they pulled the invasive garlic mustard plant from around the riverfront. Fort Wayne Outfitters staff made it possible for the students to experience the river in kayaks and canoes.

It was a special moment in the NOG as first graders from Mrs. Birkmeier's class presented a beloved Canterbury tradition - the Memorial Day Marching Chapel. Not only did students learn the time-honored march to Stars and Stripes Forever, they also learned the history behind Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was originally called. The students took their responsibility as honor guard very seriously. To learn more about Decoration Day and to watch the student's presentation and march...

We have several arts-related special events this week. Please invite your family and friends.

VISUAL ART EXHIBIT MAY 30-JUNE 2

The art teachers and volunteers have been busy transforming the Middle School gym into a gallery featuring more than a thousand of student-created masterpieces. You'll be fascinated by the different techniques and genre of works on display. The Visual Art Exhibit features Lower and Middle School work.

ART WALK AND MIDDLE SCHOOL CONCERT - JUNE 1

The Art Walk will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. Stroll through the Visual Art Exhibit and then stay for the free Middle School Spring Concert. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and features performances from the fifth grade strings, fifth grade band, MS band, choir, orchestra and chamber orchestra. Not only is the concert entertaining, it is designed to demonstrate the students' technical and musical development and achievements this past year.

Cold weather and rain got you down? Think "Golf" and you will cheer up. It is time to make your teams for the Cavalier Golf Open - an 18 hole scramble and tailgate at Chestnut Hills May 23. Whether you are a serious golfer or just want to have fun - this tournament is for you. Everyone has a common goal - supporting Canterbury Athletics. Register online to play or for sponsor opportunities. Already have a foursome? Great! Need help forming a foursome, we can help with that too. www.canterburyschool.org/cavopen

Seventh grader Olivia Roussel's novel, Vampires of London, received a Gold Key in the Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition this spring. Her novel went on to compete at the national level, where it received a Silver Medal. Only 29 novels in the nation received either a Gold or Silver Medal.

Canterbury School is pleased to announce the results of the 5th Grade Scholar Challenge! Fifth graders from northeast Indiana schools vied for the merit scholarships in the eighth annual competition. Merit scholarships were awarded based on standardized testing, essays, interviews, transcripts and faculty recommendations. Recipients were awarded $6,000 merit scholarships ($2,000 for each of the three remaining years they attend Canterbury Middle School).

The Indiana High School Athletic Association recently announced this year's group of 13 senior student‐athletes to be honored with the 2016 C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship Award. Canterbury's Kate White was among the students. Kate runs cross country and track, plays soccer and swims. She has led the Champions Together effort at Canterbury, benefiting Special Olympics.

The Canterbury Fine Arts Department will host a free concert featuring our High School Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Concert Band and Orchestra Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Summers Auditorium. The concert is open to the community. Lower and Middle School students will enjoy a preview of the concert on Tuesday during Chapel and will be encouraged to attend the full concert with their families. Highlights include the Orchestra performing music from the Broadway hit "Wicked." The concert band will close with 'Fantasy' by Earth, Wind and Fire. And the choir will perform "The Battle of Jericho." There will be a combined number with the orchestra for Handel's "The Heavens are Telling."


At Canterbury School's Spring Book Fair, students and visitors get up close and personal with an array of guests from award-winning authors and artists to ballerinas, as they talk about books, writing, and art in an informal setting. Open to the public, the book fair runs Tuesday through Thursday, April 19 -21. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, at Canterbury Lower School. Canterbury's Spring Book Fair is a marketplace of books and fine art. It features thousands of hand-selected quality books for students and adults, original artwork from favorite local artists, and some of Indiana's premier authors of young adult fiction. Artwork by gallery guest Vicki Junk-Wright, local artist and Canterbury High School art teacher, will be for sale. Additional artwork for sale by Janet Lynch, Jane Berner and Beth Laipple.

Canterbury to host Chicago's Fifth House Ensemble April 28

The Canterbury School Fine Arts Department will host Chicago's Fifth House Ensemble (5HE) for a full day of residency activities, culminating in a public performance of Luna de Cuernos, a unique multi-media concert. This groundbreaking performance will take place at the Canterbury High School Summers Auditorium, 3210 Smith Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804 on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. (*pre-performance at 6:30 p.m.) Tickets are on sale now for $20/adults; $10/students. Click to Order Tickets


This year's theme for the CANstruction build, which benefits Community Harvest Food Bank, is "cartoons." Canterbury's Projects in Engineering class chose the most iconic of cartoon characters for its structure - Snoopy, resting atop his red doghouse with Woodstock perched on his belly. The High School students designed their structure using cans of ravioli, potatoes, beans and tuna. They also used packets of Kool-aid, granola bars, bags of beans and macaroni cheese. The exhibit took about four hours to build and 2,880 cans. You can help Canterbury's team win the Fan Choice award, by voting for Snoopy (with canned food donations). Simply place your donation in the container located by Snoopy (right in front of Macy's at Glenbrook Mall). Voting begins Saturday, April 16, through Sunday, April 24.

Gold Keys from the Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards were sent on to compete nationally. Canterbury students received eight National Awards in Art and Writing and one entry received the American Voice Medal. Art and writing from Gold Medalists will be featured in the National Exhibit at Parsons School of Design at The New School and Pratt Institute's Pratt Manhattan Gallery. The exhibition will be on display June 2-12.

Join us for the 2nd annual Trivia Night Saturday, April 16, at 6 p.m. featuring a variety of categories, 50/50, Heads or Tails, plus more games, friendly competition and prizes. $15 per player or $125 per team table of 10 players. Please register for your spot on a team or your team of 10 right away. Trivia Night is this Saturday! Canterbury alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends are invited to this team trivia game. (Bring your neighbors and friends.)

Join Fort Wayne native and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professor B.J. Hollars April 13 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library, as he reads from his newly released nonfiction books: From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death and Being Human and This is Only A Test.

Colleen Tan presented at the American String Teachers Association 2016 National Conference in Tampa, Florida. Mrs. Tan is the chair of the State Leadership Committee and helped present the annual leadership workshop for state chapter presidents. She was selected to present a separate panel session in the general professional development conference portion, "Take a Teaching Selfie," which considers teacher self-assessment via National Board Teaching Certification.

Two Lower School students were recognized in the FAME Fusion of Concert Colors Contest. During music and art class, students created artwork that represents the theme of the FAME festival this year: Indiana. Students listened to pieces by Cole Porter and Hoagie Carmichael as they created the pieces. Ana Bierbaum was the overall winner for fourth graders in northeastern Indiana and Ashley Choi was one of three honorable mentions for third graders.

With eight riders from Canterbury currently participating in the IEA, a Canterbury club team is in the works for the 2016-2017 school year. In the meantime, four students have made it to the Zone 5 finals. Sophomores Peyton Stewart and Laura Cesar, along with sixth grader Katian Hornbostel and seventh grader Natalie Dresdow all earned spots to the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Zone 5 Finals.

The Canterbury Speech and Debate Team brought home the Class A IHSFA Second Place trophy at the IHSFA State Tournament on March 12. Quarter finalists were the following:

  • Bo Geyer – Radio
  • Grace Bechdol – Declamation
  • Sabrina Beaver – Discussion
  • Aashka Piprottar – Discussion
  • Jason Collins _ Discussion
  • Rishubh Jain – Impromptu & International Extemporaneous
  • Sam Brinneman – United States Extemporaneous
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