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SR Violists Play in Europe
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Strings and Orchestra teacher, Mrs. Elizabeth Cunha led a small group of Stone Ridge violists on a cultural exchange tour to Germany and Italy. The SR Girls joined a larger group of 12 violinists, 4 pianists, and parents. The group performed in formal concerts at Bavarian schools in addition to "pop up" concerts. The Stone Ridge Girls who performed were Julia Kushan '18, Claire Keyes '25, and Roxy Harding '27.

Farming as a Summer Service Project
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Six students from Stone Ridge attended a Network Service Project on "How Organic School Farms & Gardens Can Help Feed the Planet" at the Sacred Heart School in Atherton, CA. The students immersed themselves into a commercial/community agriculture curriculum for one week, doing everything from planting seeds to tending animals.

The students also delivered food to the campus farm and garden markets, the school summer camps, the cafeteria for the RSCJ Oakwood Community, and a local chapter of the community justice organization called Food Not Bombs.

In addition to developing outdoor agricultural skills, the students had extensive discussions on how to solve the practical and ethical dilemmas involved in feeding nine billion people by 2050 and eleven billion people by 2100.

The girls prepared most of their meals together using ingredients raised and grown on the Atherton campus. The network program concentrated directly on the Sacred Heart injunction to teach respect for creation and prepare students to be stewards of the earth's resources.

The Stone Ridge girls had a wonderful experience and really bonded together as classmates. One of the highlights of their trip was going to the on campus Oakwood Retirement Center, where they met the residents and specifically two SR Alumnae!

Back row from left to right: Jillian Perry '19, Grace Murphy '19, Meghan O'Brien '19, Olivia Cumminsky '18. Second row: Sister Marie-Louise Wolfington (SR Alumnae), Melanie Pane '19, Sister Claire Pratt (SR Alumnae and former Mother Superior of RSCJs). Front: Abby Romano '19

SR Divers Shine on the National Stage
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Two Stone Ridge girls competed at USA Diving's National Qualifier Meet/Zones in North Carolina the week of June 26.

Recent graduate Meghan Fennel '17 competed in the 3M Platform and placed 18th. Meghan had one of the most memorable and successful diving careers in Stone Ridge history and her diving career will continue at the Division I level for Lehigh University.

Genevieve Thibodeau '20, a rising sophomore at SR, finished 3rd on Platform, qualifying her to advance straight to the semifinal at the USA Diving National Championships. Additionally, competing on the 3M, Genevieve placed 9th which also qualified her to compete at USA Diving Nationals. She also placed 18th on the 1M.

The USA Diving National Championships will be held at Ohio State in August. Congratulations to both Meghan and Genevieve and everyone at SR wishes them continued success! #goSRgators #GatorStrong


Photo of Genevieve

SR Student and Teacher attend National Association of Pastoral Musician Conference
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SR student Emily Kaminski '11 and World Language Chair Dr. Downey-Vanover attended the National Pastoral Musician's annual conference in Cincinnati from July 10-13. Emily serves in the Music Ministry for Youth at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, MD, where Dr. Downey-Vanover is the Director. Emily was a part of the Youth Music Ministry Institute, spending the week in a living/learning community on the campus of Xavier University with 50+ teens from around the nation. Both students and directors participated in musical showcases, interesting breakout sessions and experienced a variety of forms of sung prayer. Emily sang the challenging choral repertoire in the concert that was the culmination of the week's activities. Congratulations, Emily!

SR Girl Contributes to MD Rugby All-Star Team
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In June, Lauren Ferridge '19 was chosen to play for the Maryland all-star team that was featured at the Mid-Atlantic Select Side Tournament at Mount St. Mary's. Maryland won their two games: a 36-0 victory over Virginia, and then a 22-19 comeback victory against Pennsylvania after trailing 19-5 at the half. Lauren's coach said she was one of the key players to spark the squad for the comeback. Lauren was also honored to be elected forwards captain by her teammates. Congratulations, Lauren!


Photo: Valerie Connolly. Lauren is in the yellow scrum cap.