Celebrating 100 Years of Service: Alumni Reunion Honors Linden Van Wert and Barbara Ewell Eaton
Over 140 guests spanning seven decades of Seven Hills history gathered in early June to honor Linden and Barb’s combined 100 years of service at the annual All Alumni Reunion.
Passionate about education and Seven Hills, Linden Van Wert and Barbara Ewell Eaton have positively impacted generations of alumni and colleagues. Over 140 guests spanning seven decades of Seven Hills history gathered in early June to honor Linden and Barb’s combined 100 years of service at the annual All Alumni Reunion. The afternoon featured heartfelt tributes from teachers Adam Lechner ‘87 and Nancy Lane and a musical performance by Seven Hills alumna Arden Alexa ‘18. This fitting turnout honored Linden and Barb’s legacies and capped off the school’s 60th anniversary year.
During her 48 years of service to Seven Hills, Linden served as the beloved school librarian for nearly four decades until her passion for chickens, composting, and student agency led to her position as the Green Initiatives leader in 2015. Over her 52 years with the school, Barb has worn many hats, from teaching to admissions and testing, supporting the Alumni Council, sharing her photography skills, and serving as the school historian. Known for their compassionate dedication to students and steadfast commitment to the school’s mission, these two women have made a lasting impact on Seven Hills’ character and culture, and continue to be integral members of our community.
To further cement their lasting legacies, Kathleen McNamara announced the renaming of the Seven Hills student Jaguar Award to the Linden Van Wert Jaguar Award and the creation of the Barb Eaton Distinguished Service Award for staff at the end-of-year Farewell and Promotions Assembly.
“What I do remember is the way I felt as a student in Mrs. Ewell’s classroom. I felt that I had a teacher who knew and understood me. I felt that my teacher cared about me and truly wanted me to succeed.” - Adam Lechner '87
“Students, parents, and teachers all knew what I came to know myself as Linden’s legendary wisdom. We all flocked to the library in search of our needs. We all found answers, validation, and inspiration. She has a way of helping you see yourself, confirming your thoughts, and inspiring you to reach and grow.” - Nancy Lane