Quincy McElhaney '19 competed with her U16-8 hand ceili team at the North American Irish Dance Championship in Providence Rhode Island July 1-5. A ceili (kay-lee) is a traditional Irish gathering for fun, fellowship, and laughs (or craic as the Irish might say). Ceili dances are group dances with specific steps and music. In competiton, Ceili dances are danced "by the book"- meaning they are dance with the traditional folk steps and no embellishment found in more modern Irish Step dancing. Quincy competes with both an 8 hand team (8 girls) and a 4 hand team (4 girls) for the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.
I am an Irish Dancer I am a great teammate I am a national competitor I am a big hair wearer! Tá mé Ridge Stone Cailín!! (gaelic)
Twenty-five students, 15 of whom where SR girls, participated in the Georgetown Prep Summer Scholars Program on International Relations. The 3 week course focused on U.S. Foreign Policy and Turkey, covering current political, economic, and social dynamics within this strategic country that bridges Europe and Asia. Specific subtopics such as the persistent Kurdish movement and the ISIS conflict were discussed. One of the highlights was a briefing at the Turkish Embassy and a visit to the Islamic Center.
Tylar Clark’ 14 was awarded an LSAMP Fellowship to work in the Laboratory of Molecular and Thermodynamic Modeling at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Jeffery Klauda is the Principal Investigator. The research of the lab focuses on the use of molecular simulations and thermodynamic modeling to describe the function, dynamics, and physical properties of cellular membranes (e.g. proteins, lipids, cholesterol) and gas hydrates (energy storage and carbon dioxide sequesterization). Tylar’s research topic involves testing the polarizable Drude force field for lipids in CHARMM. Learn further information about the lab and its members, including Tylar.
The successful 2015 Stone Ridge Lacrosse team continues to garner well-deserved recognition and honors. After finishing 3rd out of 16 ISL conference schools, the team had the maximum number of players named to the US Lacrosse Girls High School All-Academic Team, which was tied for the most of any ISL school. Madeline Hartman '15, Kallie Drewyer '15, Sofia Keane '15, Maddie Carr '16, and Madelyn Lovett '16 were named to the team representing what it means to be a Stone Ridge student-athlete. To qualify for the team, each player must exhibit exemplary lacrosse skills, show good sportsmanship, and achieve academic success in the classroom maintaining a 3.6 cumulative GPA. Each player also makes significant contributions of service to the school and/or community.
Recent SR graduate Mia Gancayco '14 was part of the Williams College 2015 National Championship tennis team this past season. Gancayco played a critical role in the memorable season competing at #4 singles and #1 doubles while the team completed an undefeated and historic season finishing 25-0. While competing for Stone Ridge, Mia was a committed student-athlete, fierce competitor, and one of the best tennis players in the ISL. Way to go Mia!
The Stone Ridge varsity lacrosse team experienced tremendous success in 2015, finishing 3rd overall in the ISL out of 16 total conference teams. Tenth year head coach Kara Thiede and the entire coaching staff worked tirelessly along with this years senior class of Isabella Richardson, Kallie Drewyer, Sofia Keane, Maddie Hartman, and Serena Medor to develop a close team bond and chemistry most teams would envy.
Several team members had special seasons and were recognized for their individual successes. The Independent School League (ISL) Conference, The Washington Postand The Montgomery County Gazette recognized Maddie Carr '16, received 1st Team All ISL, 1st Team All Gazette and Honorable Mention All Met. Maddie committed to play lacrosse at Notre Dame as a sophomore. Additionally, Maddie Hartman '15 received 1st Team All ISL and 2nd Team All Gazette.
Despite losing 5 seniors, the team, led by rising senior Maddie Carr, should be set up for reaching new heights in 2016. This was confirmed by 3 players recently being selected by US Lacrosse National School Girls Tournament held at Lehigh University over Memorial Day weekend. Maddie Carr (Team 1), Mollie Carr '18 (Team 4), and Janie Bell '18 (Team 5) each were selected for respective teams after the grueling and extremely competitive tryout process.
Kathleen Glynn-Sparrow, Associate Director of College Counseling at Stone Ridgem, and Ginger Walsh Cobb, Head of the Upper School at St. Andrew's, wrote the book “Sex, Drugs, and the S.A.T.: Getting out of High School and Getting in to College.” From how to prevent teenage drinking at parties to crafting a clever college essay, this book will give parents savvy solutions to surviving the teenage years.
Mrs. Glynn-Sparrow gives a special thank you to Kate Morin, Head of Upper School, and Bill Hulseman, Director of Professional Development, for encouraging her to complete this project as part of her goal for the year.
Elizabeth Cunha, Middle School Music and Violin teacher, and Jamie Golembiewski, Instrumental Music Teacher, US Handbells, and Instrumental Ensemble teacher, attended the Delfest Academy in May. The Academy consists of a intensive three-day learning experience with some of the finest musicians in bluegrass, and offers instruction for guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and bass for all experience levels.
During the Academy, Mrs. Cunha trained on fiddle and Mrs. Golembiewski trained on guitar.
Each teacher joined a band and then entered into band scramble competition...and Mrs. Cunha’s band won! The prize was that Mrs. Cunha’s band got to play on the main stage at the opening of the Delfest Music Festiva in front of thousands of people.
Mrs. Cunha said, “While I was very nervous on stage, it was an amazing experience - being up on that main stage and the Allegheny mountains in the backdrop. It was good for me to feel like a student once again and regain the perspective of needing to be brave and courageous to try something new.”
The SR Golf team took major steps forward as a program during the 2015 season. The team hired two golf professionals as coaches, Head Coach ,Jason Meisch and Assistant Coach, Justin Nogay respectively. The team also identified a home golf course in Argyle Country Club, as well as competed in numerous competitions including hosting their first ever golf match.
Stone Ridge Head Golf Coach Jason Meisch organized and hosted the first ever SR golf clinic on Saturday, May 16. One day following the 22nd Annual SR Athletics Golf Classic, the coaching staff and several varsity golf players hosted numerous eager gator athletes interested in learning or improving their skills in the game of golf. The attendees were treated to an "unorthodox" but highly effective and proven method of developing golf skills. Coach Meisch currently instructs professional golfers and his methods for teaching the pros were passed on to all those attending the clinic. Those attending had tons of fun, and improved their golf game. Go Gators and hit 'em straight!!
Current Stone Ridge varsity head soccer Coach KJ Spisak makes professional head coaching debut on Gator Field!
Although Gator Field is the newest venue on the campus of Stone Ridge, it has become quite the showcase facility not only for Gator student-athletes, but also for women's professional soccer teams. In March, the new turf played host to a Washington Spirit soccer exhibition game vs the Virginia Tech D1 women's soccer team. The Spirit are one of only nine women's professional soccer teams in the United States. In yet another testament to the impact Gator Field is having on the School, the field will serve as the home field of the Washington Spirit Reserve Team for the 2015 season. The team debuted this May 30 with a 2-2 draw vs the Atlanta Silverbacks. Current Stone Ridge varsity head coach KJ Spisak is also the reserve team head coach. Coach Spisak also serves as an assistant coach for the pro team. Games are free of charge and there are 6 more opportunities to watch high level soccer on the campus of Stone Ridge this season. Hope to see you there.
JUNE: Saturday, June 6 , 6-8 pm Saturday, June 20, 6-8 pm Sunday, June 21, (U19) 10-12 pm Thursday, June 25, 6-8 pm Friday, June 26, 6-8 pm JULY: Thursday, July, 6-8 pm
For the class of 2015, 82 students sent 824 applications to 265 colleges and universities across the country and internationally. 96% of our Stone Ridge students applied either Early Action (non-binding) or Early Decision (binding). The College Counseling Office hosted over 155 colleges and universities at Stone Ridge during the busy months of September, October and November, giving our seniors valuable one-on-one face time with the college representatives.
Here are the colleges and universities the Stone Ridge Class of 2015 chose to attend:
Babson College (3) Baruch College of the CUNY Boston College (3) Brigham Young University Brown University Bucknell University Carnegie Mellon University Colgate University College of Charleston Colorado College Columbia University Cornell University Drexel University Duke University Elon University (2) Emmanuel College Emory University Fairfield University Georgetown University (2) Gonzaga University Goucher College Haverford College Loyola University Maryland (2) McGill University Miami University, Oxford North Carolina State University Northeastern University Pace University, New York City Providence College Rochester Institute of Technology Saint Joseph's University Salisbury University Sewanee: The University of the South Shepherd University Smith College Southern Methodist University (2) Spelman College St. John's University (2) St. Mary's College of Maryland (2) Stanford University Stevenson University The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill The University of Tampa Tufts University (2) Union College University of Dayton University of Maryland, College Park (4) University of Michigan University of Pittsburgh (2) University of San Francisco University of South Carolina (3) University of Southern California University of St. Andrews (2) University of Toronto University of Virginia Villanova University (4) Washington College Washington University in St. Louis
Additional awesome accolades:
A student applied, interviewed for and received the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill.
A student was accepted into University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts—a top tier film school.
A student was accepted and will attend Drexel’s highly competitive 7-year BS/MD program.
Several students were offered the top Banneker Key Scholarship from the University of Maryland.
Our Olympic Gold Medal swimmer committed last spring to attend Stanford University for Fall 2016.
Coach Charlie Adams, who has coached Stone Ridge girls in Varsity softball and JV baseball for 16 years, is retiring this season. He has been a fixture on the field and court, teaching and guiding our Gators. The softball team made it to the ISL championship game on May 10, and they came pretty close to giving Coach Adams a perfect sendoff. Read more from The Gazette.
Coach Adams was born in New Orleans and went to a Jesuit high school where he lettered in 4 sports: football, basketball, baseball and track. He went on to play above the high school level in baseball. At 19 he wanted a change, so Coach Adams joined the army and volunteered for Vietnam. He is a decorated Vietnam veteran. While in the army Coach Adams was a boxing lightweight champion. He got into coaching his 2 sons 37 years ago and never stopped. Over the years, Coach Adams has held many baseball and softball camps and clinics for young children. He enjoys running and is ranked very high as a masters runner in the Mid-Atlantic states. Coach Adams has worked for 45 years as a supervisory survey statistician for the CDC.
Coach Adams says “I love coaching and teaching. I started coaching at Stone Ridge 16 years ago and I love everything about the school. I look forward to coming on campus everyday.”
We thank Coach Adams for his commitment to all our Gators over the years. Coach Adams is retiring to New Orleans, where it all began.
Photo from 2002, Coach Adams first season as varsity softball coach. He is on the right.
Kathleen Flood, Director of Student Activities, and Urvi Shah, Director of Educational Technology and Innovation, are hosting a session on “Triple Tech Team (T3)” Engineering/Design Project.” In this workshop participants will learn about an innovative approach to engaging high school students in the engineering/design process.
Stephany Fontanone, English Teacher and Joanna Caudle, Science Teacher and Department Chair, will present on "Through his glaz’d Optic Tube: An Ultimate Guided Tour Into Milton’s Paradise Lost.” In this session the teachers show how a traditional classroom discussion is paired with collaboration with outside sources, teachers, and student-consultants from other disciplines. By following their own individual passions, students more genuinely engage with Milton’s epic, making intentional cross-disciplinary connections.
LaShonda Torbert, Physics Teacher and Emma Cowan, Art Teacher, will present in a roundtable format on “What to do (and NOT to do) when Launching a STEAM Initiative.” These educators aligned their curricula and worked towards producing a year of projects that would break down the barrier between the arts and STEM, encouraging girls to look past the confines of the classroom into real world applications.
Over the past few weeks our Grade 8 students and two of teachers have been coordinating service projects for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, including the Red Cloud Schools, in South Dakota. Red Cloud Indian School, a Catholic Institution administered by the Jesuits and the Lakota people, The mission of Red Cloud Indian School, a Catholic Institution administered by the Jesuits and the Lakota people, is to develop and grow as a vibrant Church, through an education of the mind and spirit that promotes Lakota and Catholic values.
A welcomed surprise came on Wednesday when Fr. George Winzenburg, SJ, President of Red Cloud, arrived at Stone Ridge. He had learned of the students efforts from Carol Nolan Klatt ’70, who had been on campus for her reunion on April 25, and saw posters around the Middle School about the service project. Since Fr. George was in the area, he called and came by to visit with members of the Middle School and others around campus. The surprise visit helped Stone Ridge to understand more about Red Cloud and Pine Ridge, and Fr. Winzenburg was happy to meet members of the Stone Ridge community.
In Ms. Karlin’s religion class, the girls learned that dire poverty persists in some parts of the United States. They wanted to contribute to the needs of Pine Ridge Indian community. Meanwhile, math teacher, Ms. Janice Compton was planning a trip to Pine Ridge this summer to volunteer. The merging of these two impulses gave rise to the Middle School collecting gently used athletic equipment for Our Lady of Lourdes School, which is part of Red Cloud Indian School on the reservation.
The girls also held an out-of-uniform day for $5.00, where they wore blue for the sky and orange for the sun. In addition, Grade 8 students held a bake sale to add to the donation. The money collected will go to an organization called Re-Member to purchase the lumber, tools, nails, etc. to build bunk beds for children who often sleep on the floor, and for outhouses. According to Ms. Compton, “Many of the Lakota do not have running water and toilets so these are critical. I will be going to Pine Ridge Reservation in July to help build these and other items. I will have to opportunity to meet with the tribal Elders and learn of the past. Understanding the culture is a major emphasis is of the trip as much as the service.”
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.
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!!
“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.
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!
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!
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)
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)
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!