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Annie JR Performs to Sold Out Crowd

This year's Middle School musical, Annie JR, involved forty-four students in the cast and twenty-two girls on the stage crew. The production, featuring the titular character from Harold Gray's comic strip Little Orphan Annie, ran from November 9-11 and played to sold-out audiences. On top of their stellar singing, dancing, and acting, the girls learned to work as an ensemble, help each other backstage with set changes, costume changes, and the like, all while presenting a calm and cool demeanor to the audience, which is the magic of live theatre.

Join us for the Upper School play, Brainstorm on November 30, December 1 and 2, 7:30 pm in the Sophie Center. Brainstorm is a unique theatrical investigation into how teenagers' brains work, and why they're designed by evolution to be the way they are. The play is designed to be created and performed by a company of teenagers, drawing directly on their personal experiences to provide imaginative illustrations of the science.

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Varsity and JV Cross Country Win States!

Both the Stone Ridge Varsity and Junior Varsity teams won the DC/MD Private School Cross Country State Championship on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Freezing temperatures didn't stop the girls from blazing through their run.

In the Varsity race, Stone Ridge had four runners in the top fifteen, and three of them in the top four.
2nd: Genevieve DiBari '18
3rd: Kate Walter '21
4th: Isabel Barnidge '18
12th: Maddie Rodgers '18

All four of these runners earned All-State. See the full results.

In the Junior Varsity race, Stone Ridge swept the first through eighth places!
1st: Megan Toner '21
2nd: Hannah Gutierrez '21
3rd: Grace Fischler '18
Junior Varsity was able to get a perfect score of 15, a rare feat in Cross Country!

Congratulations to these dedicated, hard-working athletes!

Photos by Luis Gabriel Cuervo

Five Gators Sign National Letter of Intent

Congratulations to our student-athletes who signed their National Letter of Intent. Cameron Morra '18 will play tennis at the University of North Carolina, Mollie Carr '18 will play lacrosse at the University of Notre Dame, Maggie Bellaschi '18 will head to Stanford University to play lacrosse, Casey McTague '18 will play lacrosse at Denison University, and Carter Leahy '18 will head to Colgate University to play field hockey.

This is a significant accomplishment, as there are approximately eight million high school athletics and only a small portion go on to play at the collegiate level. Congratulations, Gators!


Middle School Cross Country Wins MD/DC States

Congratulations to the Stone Ridge Middle School Cross Country team for winning the MD/DC Middle School Private School State Meet. For the second time this season, and competing in their second championship in two weeks, the Stone Ridge MS Cross Country Team are Champions. The Gators beat out more than a dozen schools to become the top team. Katherine Strong '22 (2nd overall), Maria DiBari '22 (3rd overall), and Erin Gemmell '23 (7th overall) finished in the top 10! Katie Yost '22 (16th overall) and Riona Sifferman '22 (23rd overall) rounded out the scoring for the Gators. Similar to every race this season, every runner on the SR team mattered and the team finished strong.

Congratulations Gators on an amazing season. Stone Ridge is so proud! #GatorStrong

High School Principals Association Awards Two Stone Ridge Teachers

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 High School Principals Association (HSPA) Teachers of the Year from Stone Ridge:

Veteran Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Sharon Kenny, History Teacher
New Teacher of the Year, Mr. Thomas Doyle, Visual Arts Teacher

Mrs. Kenny and Mr. Doyle were honored at the HSPA Professional Development Day on October 27, 2017. This award is particularly gratifying, as they were chosen by their peers.

Sharon Kenny

Mrs. Kenny

A history and government teacher with 29 years experience, Sharon Kenny has a long established reputation for order and careful planning, leavened by unfaltering humor, that continues to inspire generations of students and colleagues. In her sixth year at SR, her students thrive on her masterful calibration of expectations and personal warmth. An official teacher-mentor at her previous employer, Connelly School of the Holy Child, Sharon supports and guides her colleagues at Stone Ridge with brilliant role modeling and sage, calmly delivered advice. While attentive to the advantages of consistency and wise reference to precedent, she accepts the challenge of keeping up with change and invitations to innovate with judicious blending of long-accumulated wisdom and creative verve. Her career is an eloquent case for the sustaining power of balance.

Mr. Doyle

During his three years at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart teaching classes in Ceramics and Advanced Placement 3D Art, Tom has demonstrated a strong commitment to teaching, beyond the boundaries of the subject matter. He has a gift for guiding students to find their own artistic voices. Not just an excellent teacher, he demonstrates a broader commitment to the school community at large, through various projects including: creating the set design for TED talks; developing a Social Action Art Day; collaborating across the curriculum with chemistry, engineering, and Latin teacher; and, across the divisions collaborating with the middle school art program. He moderates the Clay Club and Student Allies. He is an exemplary teacher and an invaluable member of our community.

Stone Ridge Equestrian Team

The Stone Ridge Equestrian Team had four riders compete at the Inter-School Horse Show Series show on Sunday, October 22. It was a great outing; with great teamwork among the riders as they helped each other get ready for their rides and cheered each other on.

In Advanced A: Mary Kate Hogan '21 received two 6th place finishes in her flat class and a 4th place finish in the jumping. She also finished an awesome 2nd place in the Medals jump course, which is the highest level of competition at the show!

In Advanced B: Jorgia Walker '21 received a 5th place finish in her flat class and a 6th place in her jumping class. She also received a 6th place ribbon in the challenging Medals course! Great job for her first show with SR!

In Future Intermediate: Moving up a level this year, Caroline Hwang '21 earned 5th place in her flat class and 5th place on her challenging jump course!

In Novice: Casey White '21 had nice rides on a challenging pony in the biggest classes of the day, earning an Honorable Mention from the judge in both of her classes!
Stone Ridge Equestrian

SR MS Cross Country Wins the ISL Championship

Congrats to the Stone Ridge Middle School Cross Country team for winning the Independent School League (ISL) Middle School Cross Country Championship!

Three years ago, inspired by a multitude of talented Middle School and Upper School runners, coupled with a vision to become a championship program top to bottom, the Stone Ridge cross country coaches and athletic staff conspired to launch the Middle School cross country program.

"Everything made sense," said SR Athletic Director Jason McGhee. "We had inspiring runners at the Upper School and Middle School levels, and we had great coaches in Upper School and new teachers in Middle School that we knew would make great coaches."

With coaches and runners in place, the Middle School program was launched in Fall 2015. Since that decision was made, the team has averaged more than 30 student-athletes and their results have been impressive. In its first two years of existence, the team scored second place in the ISL. This year, the team broke through becoming the first ever SR Middle School Cross Country team to win the ISL Middle School Cross Country Championship!

To show support and inspire the team more, the varsity coaches and athletes planned their practices around the championship and were able to attend and cheer the young Gators to victory.

With all the success of the program, what stands out most is the positive energy, enthusiasm, and fun that were evident at each and every practice and meet. Even more impressive is that each student-athlete supports and believes in each other, consistently striving to achieve their personal best (PB) or personal record (PR) from race to race.

Nothing better sums this culture up more than the highlight provided by the coaches in their "Notes from the Swamp" following the championship race which stated, "Working together as a team to take home an ISL Championship Win!" Congratulations Gators! #GatorStrong

SR Debate Team Takes Awards at WACFL
Congrats to the girls on the Stone Ridge Debate Team, who took in a slew of awards in the Junior Varsity Division at the Washington-Arlington Catholic Forensic League (WACFL 1) on October 21. Stone Ridge debaters dominated the tournament, debating the topic of "Resolved: In the United States, national service ought to be compulsory."
Cambria Digges '20 came in first place with a record of four wins and was named First Speaker, based on having earned the highest speaker's points in the tournament. Caroline Vining '20 also won all four debates and came in second place. Cambria and Caroline now have qualified for the year-end WACFL Metro Finals, which will take place in March.

Madeleine Sateri '19 compiled an impressive record of three wins. Charlotte Gidley '20 was awarded Third Speaker overall, based on her high speaker's points. Anna Stallings '20 made a great showing against tough opponents and earned a win over debate powerhouse Lake Braddock.

Stone Ridge has set the tone for the debate season with this early set of wins!

Megan Fennell '17 Breaking Diving Records at Lehigh

Stone Ridge Alumna, Megan Fennell '17, is starting her college diving career with a splash! Megan broke the one-meter diving school and freshman records in her collegiate debut at Lehigh University. In a subsequent meet, she then broke the three-meter school and freshmen records. Megan has earned the Patriot League Female Diver of the Week two times already this season. She is the only Lehigh female diver to win multiple Patriot League weekly awards.

Megan owns the record on the one-meter dive, with a score of 264.90, surpassing the school record of 256.87 set in 1992 and the freshman record of 229.90 established in 1989. On the three-meter dive, Megan's earned 279.45 points, surpassing the old school record mark of 270.67 set in 1993 and surpassing the program's freshman record score of 264.35 set in 1989. Read more.

Way to go Megan! #SRproud

Megan Fennell
Photo from Lehigh University

Stone Ridge Music Around Town

It was a busy weekend for our musically talented Stone Ridge girls, as SR Strings, Junior Chorus and Upper School Choir were in the community displaying their musical talents.

Stone Ridge Chamber Strings & Silver Strings Suzuki Studio, led by SR teacher Elizabeth Cunha, performed a mix of classical, folk, fiddle and pop selections at the Kensington Fall Festival. According to Mrs. Cunha, "We had everyone tapping their toes."

The Junior Chorus, led by SR teacher Nancy Fazio, sang at the Mass of Thanksgiving at the recently completed Redemptor Hominis Church at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC. The Junior Chorus was the first chorus to sing at Redemptor Hominis Church, which was filled with breathtaking mosaics created by Jesuit Father Marko Rupnik.

On Sunday, the Upper School Chorus sang at the Little Flower Concert Series. Directed by Charles Miller, the chorus performed Sing Alleluia and Petite Mass. Stone Ridge then joined The Heights Chorus and sang three more songs, concluding with Battle Hymn of the Republic. The Church of Little Flower Church hosts several concerts throughout the year.

Thanks to our talented girls for bringing song into our community!