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Blue/Gold Induction Ceremony Creates Lasting Memories

Decorated in blue and gold spirit regalia, the Stone Ridge gym was the place to be on September 15, as students gathered to celebrate one of Stone Ridge's newest traditions – the Blue/Gold Induction Ceremony.

Each year, new students to Stone Ridge learn whether they will be on the Blue or Gold teams. For 2017, 127 new students learned their lifelong color of True Blue or Bold Gold. They watched a video learning about school spirit throughout the year culminating in Father/Daughter Field Day. And yes they learned the winning team at the end of the year gets to ring the bell at the aquatic center as well as fly their flag all year at Gator Field.

The event, which was organized and led by Athletic Association leaders Sophie Lovett '18 and Mollie Carr '18, along with Blue/Gold captains from each grade level, consisted of dance-offs, cheer-offs, lip sync contests, knockout basketball competitions, T-shirt tossing, and good old fashioned suspense when calling students down to join their lifelong team. In short, it was a blast!

The show got started with an impromptu singing of Sweet Caroline, and for anyone present they will never forgot it because literally the entire student body grade 1-12 displayed a synergy only a true community could. Likewise, there were many memorable moments for all Lower, Middle and Upper school Gators. #GatorStrong #goSRgators


Varsity Cross Country Seniors Plan to Leave a Legacy

The Stone Ridge Cross Country program has a long and successful history competing in the ISL – a legacy growing even stronger through the leadership of this year's senior class. Over the past four years, the senior leaders on the varsity cross country team have brought a hard-hat mentality to the program. In fact, their simple approach of improving every day has become the mantra of the program, with each athlete on the team pushing and supporting each other to simply be their best. This tactic has been so successful that team members are improving their race times from practice to practice and race to race throughout the season.

According to AD Jason McGhee, "It's been really great to watch these seniors grow over the past four years. The coaches have supported them, of course, but the student-athletes have embraced the opportunity and challenged themselves every step of the way, especially when there were setbacks or adversity. I couldn't be more proud of what they've accomplished as leaders. This season the team is off to a great start, and I can't wait to see where the team finishes this year."

While a legacy is not what they set out to accomplish four years ago, it's what they will be able to look back on as they wrap up their senior seasons and become successful alumni. Led by Genevieve DiBari '18, Isabelle Barnidge '18, and Maddie Rodgers '18, this group of seniors also inspired the creation of the Middle School Cross Country program as well three years ago. Despite only being in its third year of existence, the SR MS Cross Country program has solidified itself as one of the best in the area, so the future is extremely bright for the SR Cross Country program. #GatorStrong #goSRgators

SR Cross Country Team

On September 16, the Stone Ridge Cross Country team won their first invitational of the year at Landon. Led by the individual victory of Genevieve DiBari '18, the varsity squad edged out league rival Holton-Arms by one point. Despite racing on a notoriously slow course, the varsity team average of 21:49 was one of the fastest team 5k averages in school history. In addition to DiBari's individual victory, Kate Walter '21 (3rd), Isabel Barnidge '18 (8th), and Maddie Rodgers '18 (13th) earned individual medals. The JV team, racing against several other team's varsity squads, finished 5th overall.

SR Swimming Among the Nation's Best

The Stone Ridge Swim and Dive Team, led by Phoebe Bacon's 16th place finish in the 100 fly and 5th place finish in the 100 back, propelled the Gators to an 8th place finish in the 2016-2017 mythical "High School Swim and Dive Championships for Independent Schools."

Swimming World Magazine takes the fastest times for every high school in America and compares those results in a mythical "Championship Meet". The results can be found in their September 2017 issue.

The top ten 2016-2017 independent schools from last year are shown below with Stone Ridge finishing eighth among the top independent schools in the country. It's no secret that SR Swim and Dive has a strong history and has been elevating to even greater heights in the last several years.

Be sure to come out and support the team this year!

Congrats to all our current and former Swim and Dive team members who have played a major role in this accomplishment. #GatorStrong #goSRgators

1. Santa Margarita Catholic, CALIF
2. Harpeth Hall, TENN
3. Sacred Heart Academy, KY
4. Crean Luthern, CALIF
5. Oak Hall School, FLA
6. Sacramento County Day, CALIF
7. Columbus School for Girls, OHIO
8. Stone Ridge School, MD
9. Notre Dame Academy, KY
10. Archbishop Mitty, CALIF
SR Girls Take on Life Science through Internships

During the summer, four SR Upper School students participated in life science, research based internships. The six to eight week internships culminated in "Poster Day" - a day for students to share their research, present background information and data collected on their project, and engage in discussion of the technical problems they may have encountered during their work. Poster Days were held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences at Walter Reed (USUHS), and George Mason University. #SRSTEAM

Bella Vazirani '18 (USUHS)
Department of Pharmacology
Mentor: Robert Kortum, MD, PhD



Rachel Ruffin '18 (George Mason)
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Mentor: Dr. Patrick Vora



Bridget Robey '18 (USUHS)
Department of Pharmacology
Mentors: Thomas E. Cote, Ph.D. and Rema Santhappan, PhD



Annie Warburton '18 (NIH)
National Eye Institute
Mentor: Brian Brooks, MD PhD

Arianne Hennis '18
The Milken Institute of Public Health, Perry Lab
George Washington University
Mentor: Laura Neumann



Summer Service Projects

According to the Catholic Standard, "During a time when most students are eager to leave classrooms behind and bask in the sun or sleep in until noon, many students from Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools decided to dedicate some of their time to serving others during the summer. They traveled all over the country, and sometimes internationally, to help those most in need by repairing homes, delivering healthy meals, or simply being a friend to someone who needed one. These are just a sampling of the places where students spent their time serving this summer."

The article covered three Stone Ridge students who spent part of their summer in Chicago learning about the Chicago juvenile justice system, and six girls who traveled to Atherton, CA, where they worked on issues of hunger. These students were participating in the Network of Sacred Heart Schools' Summer Service Project, working alongside students from other Sacred Heart schools in the United States on various social justice issues.

Read more from the Catholic Standard

Mrs. Cleary's 94th Birthday Goes Viral

On August 30, our dear Mrs. Patricia Cleary, Hamilton House receptionist for 49 years, turned 94 years old. She received flowers, cards, cake, and many hugs from the faculty and staff. Mrs. Cleary still comes to work every day at Stone Ridge from 12:00-3:00pm, and she always has a smile and a story to share. The school posted birthday wishes for Mrs. Cleary on Facebook and in less than 24 hours, the post has reached 10,395 people, been liked/loved/wowed 449 times, and received 45 comments—she truly is a most beloved member of our community!

As the Lower School students sing to celebrate each other: "Bless her and keep her, 'til the year shall end; Father in heaven, bless our birthday friend!"

Connecting in Sacred Heart Austria

Elyse Martin '22 and her family traveled to Austria in August to attend a large family reunion, where they took the opportunity to tour our Sacred Heart school in Bregenz – Sacré Coeur Riedenburg. Two of Elyse's aunts boarded at the school in the 1970s, and her cousin graduated from Riedenburg this year.

The Martin family embraced learning about this Network school, which sits on a hilltop overlooking the breathtaking mountains of Vorarlburg, Austria, just beyond the Lake of Constance. The campus houses a beautiful neo-Gothic style church where students graduate. The school encompasses Primary, Secondary, and High School levels and offers boarding. Riedenburg, originally a monastery opened in 1854, became a Sacred Heart teaching and educational institute in 1855 and Madeleine Sophie Barat, foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart, visited in 1856. In the 1960s, the all-girls private school transformed and expanded. Learn more about the European Network of Sacred Heart Schools. #WeAreSacredHeart

Photo: Elyse and her aunt #WeareSacredHeart

SR Gator Runs on the National Stage

Genevieve DiBari '18 is already considered one of the best cross country and track & field athletes in SR history. For three consecutive years, as a multi-sport student-athlete, she has continued to break personal records. However, if you know her, you quickly realize she is not satisfied. With each goal met, another more challenging one is set. In July, Genevieve competed in the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Kansas. According to Genevieve, the trip was a fun, exciting, and extremely successful as she took home some medals, as well as garnered All-American status in both the 1500m and 3000m races. In the 150 m, Genevieve ran a personal record in the preliminaries to qualify for finals. In the finals, she further dropped time, sprinting past 4 runners on the straight-away to finish in 4th place with a time of 4:51.2 (converts to a 5:13 mile). The day before, Genevieve finished 4th in the 3000 meter in a PR time of 10:49.9. Heading into her final year of wearing the Blue & Gold, all indications are that Genevieve will once again reach new heights. Congratulations to Genevieve! #GatorStrong


Genevieve at the 1500 meter award ceremony.

Working Together for a Better World

Ana Clara Borga '18 participated in the Teen Summer Program 2017 in Washington, DC. This is a selective three-week program at the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the Inter-American Development Bank. The group consisted of 40 participants representing nations from all over the world, which brought in many different points of view. The discussions included a wide range of topics, such as road safety in Colombia, economic development in Ukraine, and young women's social engagement in India. The teens also role-played at the board of the institutions, guided by actual board members. Working in groups, they were able to debate on current global issues and learned to defend their own opinions. Ana said, "the program gave me an opportunity to analyze and propose solutions to real-life development challenges with the help of staff and professionals from the organizations."


Mr. Jim Yong Kim, the World Bank President, after his presentation to the group.


Ms. Julie T. Katzman, the Vice-President of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Stone Ridge Hires new Assistant Athletic Director

Mrs. Kristen Coleman McDaniel will be the new Assistant Athletic Director at Stone Ridge. Coach McDaniel comes to us having served as the Assistant Director of the Hanley Center and Summer Camps at Georgetown Preparatory School for four years. In this role, she provided leadership and support to the operational, fiscal, and programmatic development of the School's premier athletic facility and summer camp program.

In addition to her role with Georgetown Prep Athletics, Coach McDaniel had served as the Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach and Lacrosse Program Director at the Academy of the Holy Cross (AHC). Coach McDaniel also currently serves as a lacrosse coach for MC Elite Girls Lacrosse Club.

As the Head Coach, in just her second season, Coach McDaniel led AHC to its best season in program history. The team ended the season with a 16-4 record, a second place finish in the WCAC tournament, and a fourth place national ranking. Under her leadership, AHC achieved its first national ranking and highest Washington Post ranking since 2007. Additionally, Coach McDaniel was named Coach of Year in the (former) Montgomery County Gazette.

A Montgomery County native, Coach McDaniel attended Our Lady of Mercy School in Potomac, MD, before attending AHC for high school, graduating in 2007. During her high school career, she was a four-year varsity lacrosse player, serving as team captain during her junior and senior years. She was a 2007 U.S. Lacrosse High School Regional All-American, and a three-time All-WCAC player, two-time team MVP, and second team All-Met. She also earned varsity letters in soccer and cross country.

After AHC, Coach McDaniel enrolled at Fairfield University in Connecticut, where she played Division I Lacrosse. In just three seasons, Kristen Coleman dominated the record books as the all-time leading scorer in Fairfield and MAAC women's lacrosse history. She compiled 257 career points fueled by 186 goals – also a Fairfield and MAAC record total – and also tops the Stags' all-time list with 71 assists. She started her career as the MAAC Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year in 2008, scoring a Fairfield-record 68 goals – which stood as the MAAC record until 2016 – en route to the 90 points that also topped the MAAC ledger until this past spring. She repeated Offensive Player of the Year after an 88-pont campaign in 2009 and earned her third First Team All-MAAC nod in 2010 with 79 points. Coleman was a three-time IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Team and MAAC All-Academic honoree. She was chosen by her teammates as a co-captain for the 2011 season, though she was out of action for the campaign due to injury. Coleman was the leading scorer on three straight MAAC Regular Season Champions from 2008-10, including the 2009 squad that won the MAAC Championship to advance to the NCAA postseason. In her three active years with the Stags, Fairfield went 18-0 in the MAAC as a part of a 47-10 (.825) overall record.

She finished her career playing lacrosse as a fifth-year graduate player at Georgetown University. During her only season at Georgetown, Coach McDaniel was a leading scorer for the Hoyas and was nominated to play in the North vs. South Senior All-Star Game representing Georgetown. She was also selected for the IWCLA Academic Honor Roll.

Coach McDaniel completed her Master's Degree in Sports Management at Georgetown University.