Introducing the House of Corrie ten Boom
A New House Joins The Other Nine
By Ariana Smith, Class of 2012
NEW YORK, May 6, 2010—The House of Corrie ten Boom was recently founded with fanfare and excitement. Houses are student-led mission-driven communities, named after a namesake, which support students and develop leaders. The King’s College’s Student Development team decided that a new house was necessary since the student body is rapidly expanding. It is the first time since 2004, during the formation of the House System itself, that a new house has been established.
By December 2009, 14 young ladies from each of the five women’s houses joined together to build a new house from the ground up. By January 2010, the new house created two committees: one to research how to define “community” in the house, and another to research potential namesakes.
The namesake committee was required to evaluate several characteristics. Was the woman in question risk-taking? Cause-centered? Life-transforming? In addition, the committee measured characteristics of particular importance to the founding women of the house, including well-roundedness, discernment, compassion, and innovation.
Yet the decision could not simply be made on a subjective basis, so the committee proceeded in creating a detailed chart to organize the top 14 potential namesakes, top 15 characteristics, and the objective, numeric rating system with which the women would be judged.
The highest possible score was a 75. The final two namesakes—Corrie ten Boom and Abigail Adams—came in at an objective tie of 65. The discussion was then brought back to the entire house. During the next several meetings, hours were spent discussing, debating, and further researching whom the house was now referring to as “Candidate 1” and “Candidate 2” in order to maintain the esteemed secrecy within the group that, as of April 8 2010, became publicly known as the House of Corrie ten Boom.
One the deciding factors in the triumph of ten Boom over Adams was ten Boom’s exemplary faith. The women of the House of ten Boom chose a namesake whom they could respect all-around, but particularly for her incredible trust in God as evidenced in her autobiography, The Hiding Place.
The House of ten Boom, after making the laborious namesake decision, quickly moved on to elections and is proud to present its founding executive team: president Laura Herrod, chamberlain Liz Christenson, helmsman Andrea Mellinger, and scholar Clara Limback.
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