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Posted 04/23/2015 12:50PM
SR Grades 3 and 4 students participated in a live webchat with Dr. Jane Goodall on Monday, April 20, to learn about Goodall's work with chimpanzees and conservation. This webchat was organized by TIME for Kids, a news magazine aimed at elementary school-aged children.

During the webchat, Goodall told students she decided at age 10 she wanted to study chimpanzees. She was told only humans have feelings, but she suspected that wasn't the case. Goodall studied chimpanzees in Tanzania, Africa for 55 years.

Goodall also told students about her conservation efforts. Due to deforestation and hunting, chimpanzee habitat is being destroyed and adult chimpanzees killed, leaving young orphans to fend for themselves. To help protect chimpanzees and their habitats, Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977. She has been involved in setting up sanctuaries for orphaned chimpanzees and at age 81, still travels 300 days of the year raising awareness for chimpanzees and animal cruelty.

The students also head from a 17 year-old student who is involved with Jane Goodalll’s Roots & Shoots. Roots & Shoots is the youth-led community action and learning program that builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and responsibility for creating community-based solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people.


Posted 04/22/2015 09:17AM

Emily Kolakowski ’99 has been chosen as one of the Top 40 under 40, in The Washington Business Journal. The Washington Business Journal has honored 40 of the region's top young professionals who have displayed business excellence while maintaining a commitment to the community.

Emily is the Chief Operating Officer for Wellness Copration Solutions LLC. Read more.

Posted 04/21/2015 12:12PM
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is pleased to welcome Justice Antonin Scalia as the speaker for the School’s 87th Commencement on June 4, 2015, at Hamilton House, Stone Ridge.

Justice Antonin Scalia is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. As the longest-serving justice currently on the Court, Justice Scalia is the Senior Associate Justice. In 1986, Scalia was appointed by President Reagan to the Supreme Court to fill the associate justice seat vacated when Justice William Rehnquist was elevated to Chief Justice.  Justice Scalia and his wife, Maureen, have raised nine children and have 36 grandchildren, two of whom, Megan Scalia ‘15 and Bridget Scalia ‘19, attend Stone Ridge.
Posted 04/15/2015 11:07AM

Congratulations to Katie Ledecky ’15 and Kelleigh Haley ’16 for their many swimming honors this season.
All-ISL: Katie and Kelleigh
All-Gazette: Katie, Swimmer of the Year
WMPSSDL All-League: Katie, Female Swimmer of the Year and Kelleigh
All-Met: Katie, Female Swimmer of the Year, and Kelleigh, Honorable Mention

Katie was a Four-time All-Met and three-time Swimmer of the Year.
The Washington Post

Credit: The Washington Post

Congrats to our Gators!

Posted 04/14/2015 09:00AM

Riley King ’20 competed for her equestrian team (Meadowbrook Stables) in the zone finals competition for Interscholastic Equestrian Association.The Zone is made of up NC, MD, VA, DC and WV. Fourteen of the top riders from those states competed.

The top 3 places qualified for Nationals and Riley placed 1st in one of her events. She will be competing with top riders from around the United States at finals in Wellington, Florida on April 24. Riley also received the "High Point Rider Scholarship Award" as the top finisher for 7th grade. Good luck at Nationals Riley!


 

Posted 04/13/2015 10:00AM
For the past quarter century, The center for spiritual and ethical education (CSEE) has been recognizing outstanding community service programs in K-12 schools. Each year they acknowledge programs that best demonstrate an annual theme. The theme this year was Empowering Students through service.

CSEE’s 2015 recognition program for exemplary practice in service looked for descriptions of independent school elementary, middle, or high school service programs that stand out for the way they are “empowering students.” They looked for programs that pass the reins of service to students and work to build student leadership, student engagement, student confidence and competence.

Stone Ridge achieved second place. Read more.
Posted 04/13/2015 09:03AM
Jeanette Hiyama ’17 is performing with The Washington Ballet in ALICE (in wonderland) at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Jeanette will dance the role of a card.
 
This is a literary children's classic of Alice's marvelous adventures with White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter in a wonderland where everything is illogical.

The Kennedy Center is offering a 15% discount to all performances, price levels 1-3. Use promo code SUGARPLUM online or call their box office at 202.467.4600.The Washington Ballet photo credit Media4Artists - Theo Kossenas

Jeanette will be performing during the following shows:
Wed 5/6  7:30 pm
Thur 5/7 7:30 pm
Friday 5/8 7:30    pm
Sat 5/9 7:30 pm  
Sun 5/10 1:30 pm
Sat 5/16 1:30 pm
Sun 5/17 6:30 pm
Posted 04/10/2015 08:27AM
Ken Woodard has been working with Bikes for the World for the past four years as the teacher/advisor for Stone Ridge of the Sacred Heart's Social Action group. Mr. Woodard is the History Department Chair and Upper School History teacher at Stone Ridge. Every other Wednesday he is the resident bike mechanic at Bikes for the World. Everyone who knows Ken will mention his love of bikes and his enthusiasm for his work with BfW. It is without pause that we honor Ken for his work with BfW, which reaches far beyond our warehouse.

Read more.


Posted 04/03/2015 07:50AM

While most of their classmates were having a little rest and relaxation, the SR lacrosse team used this year’s spring break 2015 to improve skills, build team cohesion, and simply enjoy each other’s company.  After practicing daily since classes stopped on March 27, the coaches and team senior leadership surprised their teammates after practice on March 31 with a team trip to Skyzone followed by lunch and then a team sleepover.  Sounds like the perfect spring break.  Go Gators!! 

Posted 04/01/2015 01:38PM
“About a month ago, I ran for Student Body President at the University of Southern California. In deciding to run, I definitely considered my gender and how that may be perceived. I knew that USC hadn’t had a female President since 2006, not to mention that a female hadn’t even run for the position since that year.” Read more from Providence at Why We Don’t Run: The Lack of Females Heading Student Government.

Stone Ridge - empowering leaders to serve with faith, intellect, and confidence. Well done Providence.
Posted 03/30/2015 01:58PM

Kathryn Maloney ’17 completed 6 hours of shooting baskets to support the Middle School boys of The Washington Jesuit Academy (the Panthers). The mission of the Washington Jesuit Academy is to provide a high quality and comprehensive education to boys from low-income communities, offering them a safe, rigorous academic setting and advancing their spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical growth.

Kathryn is calling her project, P4P - Points for Panthers. On March 28, Kathryn was in the SR gym and made 2500 baskets out of 3259 attempts, for a whopping 76.7%! Kathryn has raised over $5000 for the Panthers. Please visit Kathryn’s web page to learn more about P4P (http://kmaloney25.wix.com/points4panthers). Kathryn is a shining example of Goal III, social awareness which implies into action.

Posted 03/23/2015 03:00PM
Cardinal Donald Wuerl made a visit to Stone Ridge to celebrate an all-school Mass and bless the new turf "Gator Field" on March 23. What a historic day for the mission of Sacred Heart education! Go Gators!

Posted 03/18/2015 10:09AM

Stone Ridge had four students from the Upper School present at the 4th Annual Archdiocese of Washington Student Academic Symposium. Below you will find our presenters and their impressive topics.


Amanda Grolig ’15
Presentation Description: Freedom Summer--An Oral History Account

This research project focuses on the experiences of Sam Walker who participated in Freedom Summer during the US Civil Rights Movement. During the interview, Mr. Walker spoke about his time in Mississippi helping to register Black voters, his parents' reactions to his decision to go, and his thoughts on race relations in general during that time.

Lauren Woodard ’16
Presentation Description: "In Time Again": The “Enigmatic Profundity” of William Faulkner’s Circular Prose

In his seminal The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner is able to generate both gratification and yearning via his implementation of circular writing, forcing readers to exchange their traditional understandings of linear time for a confusing, yet ultimately meaningful, curving chronology.

Kristen Nemes ’16
Presentation Description: Analyze This: The Morality of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

With the burgeoning of new technology in the past ten years alone, humans may soon be able to manipulate the human genome at will.  Since the latest advances in biotechnology were up until recently the product of science fiction, humanity has found itself in a moral gray area. The ethical guidelines that govern the use of embryos in stem cell research will likely set a precedent for future experimentation on human subjects. Embryonic stem cell therapy carries the potential to treat and perhaps cure a multitude of diseases, but with this promise comes an equal number of moral questions for both the Catholic Church and the world.

Katherine Curt ’15
Presentation Description: Romidepsin in Combination with BRAF Inhibitors Targets Mutant BRAF Cancer

In 2009, the drug Romidespin was approved by the FDA for use in Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL.) While Romidepsin works well in CTCL, it is largely ineffective in other cancers. To investigate mechanisms of resistance, the lab generated 3 romidepsin resistant CTCL cell lines and discovered that these generated cell lines activated mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway. Furthermore, the romidepsin resistant generated cell lines exhibited an increased sensitivity to MAPK inhibitors when compared to the CTCL parental cell line. This was of interest to the lab because upregulation of the MAPK pathway, in many cases, is an important determinant of cell proliferation and the formation of tumors. The results suggest that MAPK pathways prevents the phosphorylation and degradation of an important pro-apoptotic protein and that treatment with romidepsin combined with MAPK inhibitors may be useful in treatment of BRAF mutant cancer.

Posted 03/12/2015 09:44PM

SR seniors Pamela Lawrence (as Eva) and Zoe Malhotra (director) take the stage at Round House Theater for the Teen Performance Company's presentation of CHATROOM, Friday, March 13-Sunday, March 15. This is a story of "six teenagers, communicating only via the internet, talk about everything from pop stars to Willy Wonka to suicide: Jim is depressed and talks of ending his life and Eva and William do their utmost to persuade him to carry out his threat. From this chilling premise is forged a funny, compelling and uplifting play that tackles the issues of teenage life and cyber-bullying head-on and with great understanding."

This is a MUST see! Congratulations, Pamela and Zoe!

Click here for ticket information.  

To learn more about the production and the Company, read this interview by Broadway World DC with Pamela Lawrence.

Posted 02/18/2015 12:03PM

The Stone Ridge club equestrian team's season culminated with a successful show on Sunday, February 8 at Oatland Stables in Brookeville, MD.  There were 20 schools represented at the JV Show with 86 riders competing in three divisions. Stone Ridge had three riders representing the Gators, one in the Novice division and two in the Maiden division. 

Anna Stallings '20 placed in all of her classes, receiving two 2nd place ribbons and a 4th place finish in the Novice division. 

Caroline Hwang '21, in her first show for the Gators, received a 1st place and a 4th place finish in her Maiden classes.

Fiona Moriarty '19 rode well on a challenging mare and the connection she showed with her horse was beautiful to watch. 

(Fiona Moriarty '19)

(Anna Stallings '20 and Coach Heidi Johnson) 

(Coach Heidi Johnson, Caroline Hwang '21, and Bridget Scalia '19)

Posted 02/12/2015 11:20AM

Elizabeth Shrout '15, Lizzy Young '16, and Nicole Gaisford '17 competed in the USA Field Hockey Disney Showcase at the ESPN Wild World of Sports complex last week with 96 teams from across the country.  Their team, the Washington Wolves, placed 4th in their pool and is currently ranked 15th in the Nation for U19 Field Hockey. Congratulations to Elizabeth, Lizzy, and Nicole! Go Gators!

 

(Nicole Gaisford '17, Elizabeth Shrout '15, and Lizzy Young '16)

Posted 02/10/2015 09:30AM
On February 4, seven SR alumnae came back to campus to speak to the Upper School Students. The Social Action presentation team chose the topic "Women's Empowerment".

Hearing from these impressive SR alumnae inspired the students and generated insightful questions.

Chessie Dahut ‘15 said, “the Women's Empowerment Program was very inspiring! The alumnae offered advice that was helpful relatable. These talented and successful young women showed me that I have the tools and ability to combat the issues women face in the professional world.”
 
 “Even though Stone Ridge teaches me to be confident" said Maryam Fassihi '16, "I worry that when I leave this community of women, I may be afraid to speak up around men. Hearing the alumnae speak of their experiences, some in fields dominated by men, showed me that this fearlessness I have learned at SR will stay with me. This boldness will continue to be part of my nature.”

The following alumnae spent time with our US students:

Beatriz Albornoz SR ‘10
Education:  BA with honors, 2014 Georgetown University, English and Philosophy / Minor: Art History

Bebe Albornoz is currently working as a litigation legal assistant at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in Washington, DC. Her work there entails researching cases, editing briefs, and assisting with the collection/production/analysis of materials for various stages of litigation (from discovery to trial). In my spare time, I advise the Georgetown Mock Trial team, head to the movies often, bowl with old friends from home, and brunch with friends from Georgetown. I intend on attending law school in the fall of 2016 and aspire to practice criminal law as a prosecutor at the U.S Attorney's office.

Paloma Bengoechea SR ‘09
Education:  BA, 2013 Georgetown University, Art History / Minors: Psychology and Italian

Paloma Bengoechea is the Operations Manager for Atlantic Media Strategies, a digital consultancy under The Atlantic. Her team applies the knowledge and best practices of The Atlantic to clients looking to have a more powerful voice and build relevant communities fit for today's media diet. She first joined Atlantic Media in June 2013 as part of the inaugural class of Digital Technology Interns, where she worked with IT Support to promote best practices and identify company-wide opportunities for digital solutions.

Renee Green SR ‘08
Education:  BA, 2012 Loyola University Chicago, Advertising and Public Relations / Minor: Marketing

After graduating from Loyola University Chicago, Renee returned back home to Washington DC to pursue a career in Nonprofit Communications. For two years she worked for the historic women's nonprofit, the Young Women's Christian Association, as their Communications and Brand Associate. She helped them to elevate their voice and brand of empowering women and eliminating racism, online, in print and in the media. Now she works for the top ageing services nonprofit, Leading Age. Nonprofits have and always will have a place in Renee's heart and she plans to always work for or with them in the future.

Aryana Keshavarz SR ‘10
Education:  BS/BA magna cum laude, 2014 University of Pennsylvania, Business and International Studies, and French.

Aryana will begin working as a full-time investment-banking analyst in Deutsche Bank's mergers and acquisitions group in July. She has previously interned in private wealth management at UBS and social impact consulting at the Grassroots Business Fund. She also spent three years leading a nonprofit organization that helps improve financial literacy in low-income areas of Philadelphia. In her free time, she likes to cook French food and go to Pure Barre.

Lauren Stentz SR ‘08
Education:  BA, 2012 Bucknell University, Physiology and Psychology / Minor: Spanish

Lauren gained valuable experience working as an analyst for healthcare consulting company in Downtown Washington, DC immediately after graduation, and has since transitioned into a research position with the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (right next door to SR!) She predominantly works on amputee rehabilitation and prosthetics studies, and is currently helping to run the clinical trials of a new prosthetic arm that Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory developed.

Elizabeth Winkler SR ‘07
Education: BA, 2011 Princeton University, English literature; MA 2013 Stanford University, English literature

Elizabeth Winkler is a freelance journalist based in Washington, DC. She covers politics, books, and culture for publications including The Economist, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Millions. She will be moving soon to the State Department as a speechwriter on human rights (pending a security clearance).

Colleen Zorc SR ‘11
Education:   BS, 2015 Georgetown University, Finance / Minor: Entrepreneurship and Art

Colleen is a member of the Georgetown University Women's Club Squash Team. In January of last year, she became an active member of the November Project DC tribe and began running seriously. She completed her first marathon in October and has plans for another marathon and her first triathlon this year.  In between her studies, she volunteers and fundraisers for both Girls on the Run and Teens Run DC: a long-distance running club that revolves around running with and mentoring high school students who may not have older people, other than their school teachers, looking out for them.


Posted 01/29/2015 09:40AM

The varsity soccer team, along with head coach Kati Jo Spisak, was recognized at the upper school assembly this morning as the athletic department unveiled their Soccer ISL-A Division Co-Championship Banner. Congratulations varsity soccer!

Posted 01/28/2015 11:26AM

The Bethesda school's top shooter has been sophomore guard Kathryn Maloney, whose 25 3-pointers rank third in Montgomery County. Read more from The Gazette.

Posted 01/21/2015 09:08AM
On Saturday, January 17, a team from SR Upper School competed in the Regional Maryland Science Bowl at Montgomery Community College. The National Science Bowl (NSB) is a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school and middle school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math.

According to Suzanne Antoniou '16, "The Science Bowl was a great experience because it's an opportunity to compete with other students who also have interests in the STEM components.  Each question is a challenge designed to test participants on topics that the average student would not know, so getting a question right is a big accomplishment!  It's also interesting to see students from other schools who know the material so well that they will often shout out the answer before the proctor is done reading the question--including on math problems that are intended to be done with pencil and paper!”


Team members: Lexi Catalano, Maya Moore, Krissy Nemes, Christina Hsu, Taylor Lindstrom, Carmen Perry, MyLinn Clement, LaShonda Torbert (faculty), Suzanne Antoniou, Meera Jain, Kaitlin Ballenger, Katie Curt, Moly Megan, Beth Ann Mayer, Sarah Knack
Posted 11/24/2014 02:52PM
All ISL Honors
Isabel Barnidge '18--Cross Country
Genevieve DiBari '18--Cross Country
Kallie Drewyer '15--Field Hockey
Anneliese Goetz '16--Soccer
Lauren Jan '15--Volleyball
Sarah Johnston '16--Soccer
Tatiana Ortega '18--Soccer
Taylor Wynn '15--Volleyball
Elizabeth Young '16--Field Hockey

All ISL Honoros 4 Consecutive Years
Kallie Drewyer '15--Field Hockey

All Gazette Team Honors--Field Hockey
Kallie Drewyer '15--First Team
Elizabeth Young '16--Second Team
Samantha Taskey '15--Honorable Mention

4 year Varsity Awards
Kallie Drewyer--Field Hockey
Lauren Jan--Volleyball
Sofia Keane--Soccer
Elizabeth Shrout--Field Hockey




Posted 11/19/2014 11:29AM
Three Stone Ridge varsity field hockey athletes were selected to the 2014 All-Gazette team.  Congratulations to Kallie Drewyer '15 (1st team), Elizabeth Young '16 (2nd team), and Samantha Taskey '15 (honorable mention).  Read more from The Gazette.
Posted 11/13/2014 01:37PM

A banner hung in the corner of the Stone Ridge pool in honor of Dominik Pettey, the Gonzaga hockey player who died November 2.  Read more from Bryan Flaherty at Reachforthewall.com. 

Posted 10/29/2014 05:36PM

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (MD) 2015 goalie Isabella Richardson has made a commitment to play Division III lacrosse at Washington College.  Read more from toplaxrecruits.com

Posted 10/10/2014 11:18AM

Seniors give Gators a boost to contend for the league championship. Read more from The Gazette

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